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9/9/2007 ~ Out of a Cloud


... He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. ...
~ Acts 1:9-11


~ Jesus ascends to heaven.
The hope for His return remains.


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, ..."
~ John 3:16


Jesus is the Son of God.

BEFORE He ascended He was the Son of God.                 
                        Whether one believes it or not, He is the Son of God.


... He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. ...
~ Mark 16:19-20


AFTER He ascended, He was received in to heaven.          
         └─> And they went out and preached everywhere, ...

   
Reign over Death. <─┐            
... He was buried, and that He rose again the third day
according to the Scriptures, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:1-4


  • Christ Died For Us, Our Sins
  • He was Buried
  • He Rose Again the Third Day   

Death / Burial / Resurrection

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits
of those who have fallen asleep. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:20-22


... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. ..."
~ Mark 16:14-16


Jesus’ message is: Preach the Gospel.

... if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty
and your faith is also empty. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:12-14


                       ┌─> Peter preached the Gospel on Pentecost.
... let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; ... ~ Acts 2:38


     BEFORE: the final ascension of Jesus into heaven
        CREATION
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, ... ~ Genesis 2:7
        SIN and DEATH
"... the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day
that you eat of it you shall surely die." ~ Genesis 2:15-17


"... to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also
of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" ~ Genesis 3:17-24

        PROPHECIES
"... He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." ~ Genesis 3:15
└─> God had a plan of salvation.                                                             
        BIRTH, LIFE
... For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord. ... ~ Luke 2:1-14


┌─> No other man can make this claim.       Jesus did not lie. <─┐
... "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; ...
~ 1st Peter 2:21-22

        EXAMPLE, MIRACLES, TEACHINGS
... Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders,
and signs which God did through Him in your midst, ... ~ Acts 2:22-24


... teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; ...
~ Matthew 28:18-20

        DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION
... Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He
was buried, and that He rose again the third day ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:1-4


Life is the essential element in the equation of Jesus.

       AFTER: the final ascension of Jesus into heaven
          KING OF THE KINGDOM
"... Then the King will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of
My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you ..." ~ Matthew 25:31-34

          HIGH PRIEST
... He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and
faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, ... ~ Hebrews 2:17


But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, ...
~ Hebrews 9:11-12

          SAVIOR
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son
as Savior of the world. ~ 1st John 4:14


"Him God has exalted to His right hand to be a Prince and Savior, ..."
~ Acts 5:31


┌─> There is just one savior.                                        
... our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life
and immortality to light through the gospel, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 1:8-11


For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait
for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ Philippians 3:20-21

          MEDIATOR
... one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
~ 1st Timothy 2:5


... He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, ...
~ Hebrews 9:15


... to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, ... ~ Hebrews 12:22-24
          EXAMPLE
... Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that you should follow His steps: ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21

          PROPITIATION
... Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood,
through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, ... ~ Romans 3:21-26


And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, ... ~ 1st John 2:2

... He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
~ 1st John 4:7-10


Jesus is the only atonement for our sins.

BEFORE AFTER
CREATION
SIN and DEATH
PROPHECIES
BIRTH, LIFE
EXAMPLE, MIRACLES, TEACHINGS
DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION
KING OF THE KINGDOM
HIGH PRIEST
SAVIOR
MEDIATOR
EXAMPLE
PROPITIATION

┌─> God is the sustainer of all life.      
... He gives to all life, breath, and all things. ... ~ Acts 17:24-28

... seek those things which are above, where Christ is, ... ~ Colossians 3:1-2

             Joy
             Tearless
         
       
CHRIST’S           ASCENSION
       
Tears                  
Pain                  

┌─> Jesus taught with authority.                         
... "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on the earth. ..."
~ Matthew 28:18-20


... ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the Lord is one. ...' ~ Mark 12:28-33
└─> The commandment of God.                                                         

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these
is love. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:13


Salvation is our faith hoping through our life as a new creation.

... if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:17


Jesus ushered in a New Way of Living; one must question
how one lives according to His word delivered once for all.


... by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil,
that is, His flesh, ... ~ Hebrews 10:19-27


Jesus wants you to be with Him ~ You have to want to be with Him.

... and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 1:10


~ ETERNAL LIFE ~

... "Behold, I make all things new." ... ~ Revelation 21:5

There shall be no night there: ... ~ Revelation 22:5

"... no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away." ~ Revelation 21:4


... they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
~ Revelation 21:3


"... I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and
I will be their God, and they shall be My people." ~ Hebrews 8:10


We wait for His magnificent appearance.

"... hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand
of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." ~ Matthew 26:64


... He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,
even they who pierced Him. ... ~ Revelation 1:7


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