The Last Steps: Sermon Notes from Luke 24:50-53 (Sermon by Dr. James R. Burdette)
50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen. (NKJV)
I. The Event (v. 50)
A. Forty days passed between the resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3).
B. Bethany was significant in Jesus' ministry, being (for example) the place where He had raised Lazarus from the dead.
II. The Miracle (v. 51)
A. Previously, Enoch and Elijah had been taken up into Heaven.
B. Following His resurrection, Jesus had been able to travel in a supernatural way.
C. The ascension occurred in full view of witnesses.
D. We look forward to Jesus' return in like manner.
III. The Significance (vv. 52-53)
A. Jesus' work on Earth is accomplished.
B. Jesus is unlimited.
C. Jesus is exalted.
D. The Holy Spirit is here (see John 16).
E. Our everlasting dwelling is prepared.
F. We have the responsibility to evangelize.
G. We have an Advocate in Heaven.
H. Jesus will return.
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