Yak Pak Weekend of April 16th/17th

Posted: April 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The Ascension

Our hope is for kids to know that: Jesus left the Earth, but He will come again

21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
Acts 3:21

(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 1:1-14) Jesus had accomplished his mission that He set out to do on Earth. He conquered death, sin, and the devil. The disciples wanted to know if He was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. However, Jesus had different plans that were bigger than that. Jesus told them to wait for the gift that He had promised them (the Holy Spirit) and then they were to spread the gospel to all nations. This is what God told Abraham years ago, that they were to spread the word to the entire world. After this Jesus ascended into heaven with the disciples staring up in the sky at him. While they were staring, two men in white told him that Jesus would be back again, even though it is not for us to know the day or the time. We are to pray for His return.

The Jesus Connection:
The Great Commission of Matthew 28:16–20 is not found in the other Gospels, but has a companion passage in Luke. Jesus had earlier commissioned the disciples to spread the message of his death and resurrection (Luke 24:47). Both passages tell us that the gospel is to be preached to all nations. The salvation of Jesus Christ is not limited to the Jews, but is to go to all nations and all peoples. Matthew records that those who receive the message are to be baptized. That baptism, Paul later explains, is an identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus in the life of the individual believer (Romans 6:3–4).


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