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The resurrected Jesus goes to heaven (the Ascension): Mark 16:19–20; Luke 24:50–53; Acts 1:1-11

So Jesus was alive. Did that mean He would now restore the Kingdom of Israel? The disciples (called Apostles from now on) were still looking for a Messiah to lead an earthly empire. Jesus’ dodged the question:

Acts 1:7-8 The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Some 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection, He goes up to heaven in an event we now call the ascension. (This happened near Bethany, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives.)

For hundreds of years, artists showed this as Jesus walking up the Mount of Olives towards heaven, with God carrying Him away from the top:

Ascension of Christ (Illuminated manuscript, Sacramentaire de Drogon, Initiale C ornée de l'Ascension du Christ, 845-855, unknown artist)

Ascension of Christ (Illuminated manuscript, Sacramentaire de Drogon, Initiale C ornée de l’Ascension du Christ, 845-855, unknown artist)

 

But by the 1300s, the style had changed to show a more radical experience:

The Ascension (Giotto di Bondone 1305-06)

The Ascension (Giotto di Bondone 1305-06)

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