SPECIAL TOPIC: THE ASCENSION

Jesus descended from heaven (cf. Phil. 2:6-7; 2 Cor. 8:9).  Now He is restored to His pre-existent glory (cf. John 1:1-3; 17:5; Eph. 4:10; 1 Tim. 3:16; I John 1:2).  He is now seated at the right hand of God (cf. Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2).  There are a number of different Greek words used to describe Jesus' ascension back to heaven:

1. Acts 1:2,11,22; analambanō, to take up (cf. 1 Tim. 3:16), which is also used in the Septuagint of 2 Kgs. 2:9,11 for Elijah's translation to heaven and also I Maccabees 2:58

2. Acts 1:9, epairō, to lift up, to raise up, to elevate

3. Luke 9:51, analēpsis (form of #1)

4. Luke 24:51, diistēmi, to depart

5. John 6:62, anabainō, to ascend

This event is not recorded in Matthew or Mark's Gospel. Mark's Gospel ends at 16:8, but one of the three later scribal additions describes the event in Mark 16:19 (i.e., analambanō).

 

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