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Editor’s note: Pictured above is a detail from “Ascension of Christ” painted by Gebhard Fugel in 1893.

By Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine, May 30, 2019

Jonathan B. CoeAfter Christ rose from the dead and before he ascended to heaven, he made different appearances to certain of his followers and “spoke of the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Many of us would love to have the manuscripts from those discourses.

During this interim between the Resurrection and the Ascension, his followers ask him if he is going to restore the kingdom of Israel at this time and he replies that they are not privileged to know the Father’s plans on such matters. He then tells them that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit is given them to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

His all-Jewish audience could not miss the strong implication here of a mission to the Gentile world. His disciples today, in like manner, should always be willing to venture out beyond their comfort zones in promoting the gospel…..Read entire article: