The traditional site of the Ascension is Mount Olivet (the “Mount of Olives”), on which the village of Bethany sits. Before the conversion of Constantine in 312 AD, early Christians honored the Ascension of Christ in a cave on the Mount, and by 384 the Ascension was venerated on the present site, uphill from the cave.
DEAR N.G.: The Bible clearly states that after His resurrection Jesus repeatedly appeared to His disciples over a period of 40 days , and then miraculously ascended into the presence of God. The Bible says, ” He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9).
Matthew has two post- Resurrection appearances, the first to Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” at the tomb, and the second, based on Mark 16:7, to all the disciples on a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus claims authority over heaven and Earth and commissions the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world.
We must face this reality, but the promise and hope that Jesus gives through his resurrection can bring hope of a much better life, one that will never end. Through our Baptism God made us one with the risen Christ . May this Easter allow us to begin again to live our lives in freedom and peace.
Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Saint Lazarus or Lazarus of the Four Days , venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as (Righteous) Lazarus the Four Days Dead after he rose again, is the subject of a prominent sign of Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus restores him to life four days after his death.
After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Jesus having refused each temptation, Satan then departed and Jesus returned to Galilee to begin his ministry. During this entire time of spiritual battle, Jesus was fasting.
There may be a very practical reason for the Resurrection to have happened in three days after Jesus’ death, scholars say. First-century tradition held that only after three days could you be sure someone was dead; after four days the spirit was presumed to leave the body.
Recent astronomical research uses the contrast between the synoptic date of Jesus’ last Passover on the one hand with John’s date of the subsequent “Jewish Passover ” on the other hand, to propose Jesus’ Last Supper to have been on Wednesday, 1 April AD 33 and the crucifixion on Friday 3 April AD 33 and the Resurrection
Christians believe that after Jesus rose from the dead, he did not die a second time . Instead, 40 days after his resurrection , Jesus left the Earth by being taken up, body and soul, to Heaven to re-join God the Father. This event is called the ascension , and it was witnessed by Jesus ‘ eleven remaining apostles .
9 Now when he was risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene , from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (Jhn 21:16-17) He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me?
The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee .
Resurrection of the body : The belief that after death one’s departed soul will be restored, or resurrected , to a bodily life in heaven. Immediate resurrection : A doctrine which states that after one’s death there is no intermediate state, such as purgatory, before one’s soul enters its eternal state.
“ Hope ” is commonly used to mean a wish : its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.