Summary of Acts 1:4-11:
Jesus gives the disciples a command to not leave Jerusalem until they have received the gift from His Father, which is the Holy Spirit. The disciples asked Jesus if he was going to restore the kingdom of Israel and Jesus says it is not for them to know the Father’s timing; it is for them to be witnesses for him in Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Then Jesus was taken up before their eyes into heaven. Two men in white suddenly appeared next to the disciples and said this same Jesus will come back again in the same way you have seen him ascend. (Basically, quit gawking and start talking! You have much work to do!).
Summary of John 14:1-3:
Jesus assures his disciples he is preparing a place in heaven for them to be with him.
Jesus will ask God to give the disciples the Holy Spirit to be with them instead of him physically to live inside of them.
The Holy Spirit will guide them in what to say and do and bring God and Jesus Glory.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15
8 ) So that the Holy Spirit could come in his place. That way all believers can be with Jesus.
9) “Jesus will come back int eh same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
10) That they would not be alone and forsaken after Jesus left them.
Conclusions to BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15
I would definitely encourage you to look back at the previous Acts study and see the differences. This lesson especially has been vastly modified from when I first did this study the last go-around. Here’s my commentary from back then HERE We had to look up way more Bible verses back in the day.
End Notes to BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 4: Acts 1:4-11, John 14:1-3, 16-18; 16:12-15
Jesus was taken up from them as He blessed them (Luke 24:50). As He slowly disappeared into the sky, surrounded by a cloud they continued to gaze upward.
The cloud of glory (called the Shekinah) that is associated with the presence of God in the Old and New Testaments.
It was important for Jesus to leave His disciples in this manner. He could have simply vanished to heaven and the Father’s presence in a secret sort of way. But by ascending in this manner, Jesus wanted His followers to know that He was gone for good.
John 16:6-7 Jesus says, “You are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you.”
Morgan speculated that the two men were possibly Moses and Elijah. It seems best to say they were angels.
This same Jesus reminds us that the Jesus ascended to heaven and seated at the right hand of God the Father is the same Jesus of the Gospels. He is the same Jesus forever and always.
This entire focus is being with Jesus again, who is preparing a place out of his great love for us. Heaven is heaven because Jesus is there. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us every day.