Save 50% off a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. The inclusion of these figures has not been adequately explained, but they may represent, with the figure of St. Peter, an allegory of the church that Christ leaves behind. One of the central themes of the feast is the kingship of Christ, and the theological implication is that the Ascension was the final redemptive act conferring participation in the divine life on all who are members of Christ. The ascension of Jesus allowed eyewitnesses to see both the resurrected Christ on earth and the victorious, eternal King returning to heaven to rule on his throne at the right hand of God the Father forever. He is usually in a mandorla but is not always supported or even surrounded by angels; thus, he is no longer carried to heaven but ascends by his own power. The book of John tells us the story of Thomas when he doubted (John 20:24-29). The gospel first spread to the Jews, then to the Jewish/mixed-race Samaritans, then to the Gentiles. The Ascension. This version emphasizes Christ’s divinity, showing him frontally, standing immobile in a mandorla, or almond-shaped aureole, elevated above the earth and supported by angels. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). His mission on earth had been accomplished. Print, read and discuss the Bible story adapted from Acts 1:1-10 and Luke 24:50-53. As Christians today we can be excited for the coming of Christ. The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday.On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. Jesus repeatedly demonstrates his divine power in his preaching and performing of miracles. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This story about the Ascension can be found in the Bible in Acts 1:9-11. In the 6th century a different version of the Ascension was developed in Syria and was later adopted in Byzantine art. 'ascent of Jesus') is Christian teaching that Christ physically departed from Earth by rising into Heaven, in the presence of eleven of his apostles. Earlier, Jesus had told the disciples that after he ascended, the Holy Spirit would come down upon them with power. Thus, the Gospel According to John uses both the sayings of Jesus and his post-Resurrection appearances to indicate a new relationship between Jesus and his Father and between him and his followers, rather than a simple physical relocation from earth to heaven. Updates? In the Gospel According to John, the glorification described by the Ascension story seems to have taken place immediately after the Resurrection. The ascension of Jesus describes Christ’s transition from earth to heaven after his life, ministry, death, and resurrection. The Feast of the Ascension ranks with Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost in the universality of its observance among Christians. When Did the Holy Spirit Come Down on the Apostles? It is well known that the only mention of the ascension in the First, it answers the literal-minded questions… THE ASCENSION STORY MORTON S. ENSLIN CROZER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PERHAPS the most interesting and important detail of the ascension story with which the book of Acts opens is the statement that it took place forty days after the resurrection. I sometimes wonder if people feel that way about Jesus’ ascension.