After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to his Apostles and other followers several times.
He spoke to Mary of Magdala at His empty tomb. He twice appeared in the midst of the Apostles when they were in a locked room. He walked along with two followers as they traveled from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. And He waited on the shore of a lake for seven of His friends to return from fishing.
Jesus did all these things during the 40 days after His resurrection. Whenever He appeared to His friends, He talked to them about the kingdom of God.
Jesus also told His apostles not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard Me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
When all of the Apostles were gathered with Jesus at the mount called Olivet, they asked Him a question.
"Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" they wanted to know.
"It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by His own authority," Jesus replied. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
The Apostles were looking at Jesus as He finished speaking. Then, right before their eyes, Jesus was lifted up upon a cloud that took Him from their sight.
As they strained their eyes and craned their necks to get a better look at the sky where they last saw Jesus, two men dressed in white suddenly appeared next to them.
"Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?" the men asked the Apostles. "This Jesus Who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen Him going into heaven."
The Apostles began walking back to Jerusalem. They returned to the upper room where they had been staying, and they prayed there with some of the other followers of Jesus.
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