Part one

Twenty-eight Prophecies Fulfilled On the Crucifixion Day

 

On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, all the prophecies concerning His suffering werefulfilled in every detail—a lasting testimony that Jesus truly is the Messiah. The first prophecy, the oldest of all, had been given by God at the time of Adam and Eve’s sin:

 

1) The serpent would bruise the seed of the woman. Prophesied: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and herSeed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15).

Fulfilled: “ ‘Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out.And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.’ But He said this to signify by whatdeath He was about to die” (John 12:31-33).

 

2) The Messiah would be cut off, but not for Himself, as prophesied by Daniel.Prophesied: “And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off but not for Himself” (Dan. 9:26).

Fulfilled: “ ‘Nor consider that it is better for us that one man die for the people, than that thewhole nation should perish.’ Now he did not say this of himself, but being high priest that year,prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation; and not for the nation only, but also that Hemight gather together into one the children of God who were scattered abroad” (John 11:50-52).

 

3) The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was foretold by David.Prophesied: “Even a man, my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted uphis heel against me” (Psa. 41:9).

Fulfilled: “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order that he mightdeliver Him up to them. And after hearing this, they were delighted and promised to give himmoney. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him” (Mark 14:10-11).

 

4) Jesus Christ would be forsaken by His disciples, as prophesied by Zechariah.Prophesied: “ ‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man who is My companion,’says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd [Jesus], and the sheep shall be scattered’ ”(Zech. 13:7).Fulfilled: “Then they all forsook Him and fled” (Mark 14:50).

 

5) The price of His betrayal was also foretold by Zechariah.Prophesied: “And I said to them, ‘If it is good, give me my price; and if not, let it go.’ So theyweighed my price—thirty pieces of silver” (Zech. 11:12).Fulfilled: “And said, ‘What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him up to you?’ Andthey offered him thirty pieces of silver” (Matt. 26:15).

 

6) Zechariah also foretold what would be done with the betrayal money.Prophesied: “And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the princely price at which Iwas valued by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in thehouse of the LORD” (Zech. 11:13).

Fulfilled: “Now when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, he changedhis mind and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I havesinned and have betrayed innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it yourself.’And after throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he went out and hanged himself.But the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into thetreasury, since it is the price of blood.’ And after taking counsel, they bought a potter’s field withthe pieces of silver, for a burial ground for strangers” (Matt. 27:3-7).

 

7) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would be sacrificed as the Passover Lamb of God.Prophesied: “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isa. 53:7).

Fulfilled: “For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us” (I Cor. 5:7). “Knowing that you werenot redeemed by corruptible things … but by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb withoutblemish and without spot; Who truly was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but wasmanifested in these last times for your sakes” (I Pet. 1:18-20).

 

8) Isaiah also prophesied the scourging and mocking that He would suffer.Prophesied: “I gave My back to the smiters [scourgers], and My cheeks to them that plucked offthe hair; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting” (Isa. 50:6).

Fulfilled: “Then he released Barabbas to them; but after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up sothat He might be crucified. Then the governor’s soldiers, after taking Jesus with them into thePraetorium, gathered the entire band against Him; and they stripped Him and put a scarlet cloakaround Him. And after platting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head; and a rod in His righthand; and bowing on their knees before Him, they mocked Him, and kept on saying, ‘Hail, kingof the Jews!’ Then, after spitting on Him, they took the rod and struck Him on the head” (Matt.27:26-30).

 

9) Both Isaiah and David prophesied that Jesus’ body would be mutilated.Prophesied: “Many were astonished at Him—for His body was so disfigured—even His formbeyond that of the sons of men” (Isa. 52:14). “I can count all My bones; they look and gloat overMe” (Psa. 22:17).

Fulfilled: “But after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified” (Matt.27:26). “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus and scourged Him” (John 19:1).

 

10) David prophesied the shame and dishonor that Jesus would suffer, being condemned as acriminal.Prophesied: “[The] reproaches of those who reproached You have fallen upon Me…. You haveknown my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor; my enemies are all before You. Reproachhas broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; and I looked for sympathy, but there was none;and for comforters, but I found none” (Psa. 69:9, 19-20).

Fulfilled: “At that point Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Have you come out to take Me with swordsand clubs, as against a robber?’ ” (Matt. 26:55) “They answered and said, ‘He is deserving ofdeath!’ ” (Matt. 26:66)

 

11) David also foretold that false witnesses would testify against Christ.Prophesied: “Cruel witnesses rose up; they asked me of things that I knew nothing about” (Psa.35:11).

Fulfilled: “And the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find testimony againstJesus, to put Him to death; but they did not find any. For many bore false witness against Him,but their testimonies did not agree. And some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying...”(Mark 14:55-57).

 

12) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would not make an effort to defend Himself at the trial.Prophesied: “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth. He isbrought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth” (Isa. 53:7).

Fulfilled: “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Don’t You hear how many things they testify against You?’And He did not answer even one word to him, so that the governor was greatly amazed” (Matt.27:13-14).

 

13) Isaiah also foretold Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as the sin offering for the world.Prophesied: “Surely He has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Himstricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He wascrushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes weourselves are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned each one to his ownway; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all…. Yet the LORD willed to crush Himand He has put Him to grief: You shall make His life an offering for sin. He shall see His seed;He shall prolong His days, and that the purpose of the LORD might prosper in His hand. Heshall see of the travail of His soul. He shall be fully satisfied. By His knowledge shall Myrighteous Servant justify many; and He shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:4-6, 10-11).

Fulfilled: “Therefore, he then delivered Him up to them so that He might be crucified. Now theytook Jesus and led Him away; and He went out bearing His own cross to the place called ‘ASkull,’ which is called in Hebrew, ‘Golgotha’; where they crucified Him, and with Him two others,one on this side and one on the other side, and Jesus in the middle. Now Pilate also wrote atitle and put it on the cross. And it was written, ‘Jesus the Nazarean, the King of the Jews’ ”(John 19:16-19).

 

14) As Isaiah had prophesied, He was numbered among lawbreakers.Prophesied: “He was counted among the transgressors…” (Isa. 53:12)

.Fulfilled: “And also two other malefactors were led away with Him to be put to death. Andwhen they came to the place called ‘Skull,’ there they crucified Him and the malefactors, one onthe right and one on the left” (Luke 23:32-33).

 

15) David prophesied that His hands and His feet would be pierced.Prophesied: “Dogs have surrounded Me; a band of evildoers have encircled me; they havepierced My hands and My feet…” (Psa. 22:16).

Fulfilled: “And they crucified Him” (Mark 15:25). “Then the other disciples said to him, ‘Wehave seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘If I do not see the nail marks in His hands, and put myfinger into the nail marks, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe at all!’ Now aftereight days, His disciples were within, and Thomas with them. After the doors were shut, Jesuscame and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you.’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Bring forth yourfinger, and see My hands; and bring forth your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving,but believing’ ” (John 20:25-27).

 

16) The parting of His garments was also prophesied by David.Prophesied: “They divide My garments among them and cast lots upon My vesture” (Psa.22:18).

Fulfilled: “Then they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it to determinewhose it shall be’; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says, ‘They divided My garmentsamong them, and they cast lots for My vesture.’ Therefore the soldiers did these things”(John 19:24).

 

17) In another psalm, David prophesied that they would give Him vinegar to drink.Prophesied: “They also gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink” (Psa. 69:21).

Fulfilled: “They gave Him vinegar mingled with gall to drink; but after tasting it, He would not drink” (Matt. 27:34).

 

18) David also prophesied that many would be watching Jesus during the crucifixion.Prophesied: “They look and gloat over Me” (Psa. 22:17).

Fulfilled: “And the guards sat down there to guard Him” (Matt. 27:36). “And all the people whowere gathered together to this sight, after seeing the things that took place, beat their breasts and returned” (Luke 23:48).

 

19) Among those watching would be Jesus’ family and friends, who would stand at a distance.Prophesied: “My loved ones and my friends stand apart from my plague; and my neighborsstand far off” (Psa. 38:11).

Fulfilled: “Now all those who knew Him stood afar off observing these things, the women alsowho followed Him from Galilee” (Luke 23:49).

 

20) Some of His observers would shake their heads at Him.Prophesied: “And I also became a reproach to them when they looked upon me; they shook theirheads” (Psa. 109:25)

.Fulfilled: “But those who were passing by railed at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” (Matt. 27:39-40)

 

21) Even the words of His reproaches were prophesied by David.Prophesied: “He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!”(Psa. 22:8).

Fulfilled: “ ‘He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him; for He said, “I am the Son of God.” ’ And the two robbers who were also crucified with Him reproached Himwith the same words” (Matt. 27:43-44).

 

22) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would make intercession for sinners. This intercession began even during His crucifixion.Prophesied: “He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors” (Isa. 53:12).

Fulfilled: “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not understand what they are doing.’And they divided His garments, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34).

 

23) David prophesied the thoughts of Jesus at the height of His suffering.Prophesied: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?” (Psa. 22:1.)

Fulfilled: “And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lamasabachthani?’ That is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ ” (Matt. 27:46).

 

24) Zechariah prophesied that His body would be pierced with a spear.Prophesied: “And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced…” (Zech. 12:10).

Fulfilled: “But one of the soldiers had pierced His side with a spear, and immediately waterand blood had come out....And again another scripture says, ‘They shall look upon Him Whom they pierced’ ” (John 19:34, 37).

 

25) David prophesied that Jesus would commit His spirit to God.Prophesied: “Into Your hand I commit my spirit…” (Psa. 31:5).

Fulfilled: “And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commitMy spirit.’ And when He had said these things, He expired” (Luke 23:46).

 

26) David also prophesied Jesus’ last words.Prophesied: “They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall yet beborn, that He has done this” (Psa. 22:31). The Hebrew literally reads, “For it is finished.”

Fulfilled: “Therefore, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And after bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit” (John 19:30).

 

27) As no bone of the Passover lamb was to be broken (Ex. 12:46), not a bone of His would bebroken. Prophesied: “He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken” (Psa. 34:20).

Fulfilled: “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first one, and the legs of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs....For these things took place so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken’ ”(John 19:32-33, 36).

 

28) His burial in the tomb of a rich man was foretold by Isaiah.Prophesied: “By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and with His generation who didconsider that He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of My people Hewas stricken? And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; althoughHe had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth” (Isa. 53:8-9).

Fulfilled: “And when evening was coming on, a rich man of Arimathea came, named Joseph,who was himself a disciple of Jesus. After going to Pilate, he begged to have the body of Jesus.[Jesus would otherwise have been buried among the criminals.] Then Pilate commandedthe body to be given over to him. And after taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linencloth, and placed it in his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock; and after rolling a greatstone to the door of the tomb, he went away” (Matt. 27:57-60).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Part two

 

Major incidents which took place at the Crucifixion Day

 

1 The Darkness(Matt. 27:45)

Jesus was crucified beginning around 9am (Mk. 15:25). His words to the onlookers, the penitent thief, and John evidently were spoken during the three hour period from 9am to noon. Read Mt. 27:45. For the next three hours (noon to 3pm), "darkness fell upon all the land." What caused this darkness?It was evidently not a solar eclipse, because they don't last more than a few minutes. Furthermore, Passover occurred during a full moon, when the moon was at its farthest from the sun(??). It was, therefore, probably a supernaturally-caused darkness.Matthew says it fell "upon all the land"--evidently referring to the area including and even beyond Palestine. It is striking that Diogenes, a contemporary writing from Egypt, noted the unique darkness with these words: "Either the Deity Himself suffers at this moment, or sympathizes with one who does." The Christian apologist Tertullian, writing in the second century, challenged his non-Christian adversaries with these words: "At the moment of Christ's death, the light departed from the sun, and the land was darkened at noonday, which wonder is related in your own annals, and is preserved in your archives to this day." Early church leader Origen alludes to a statement by the Greek historian Phlegon, who supposedly mentioned this darkness and the earthquake that accompanied it. What did it mean?The darkness, often an Old Testament symbol for God's judgment (Amos 8:9,10), signified the Father's judgment of Jesus. The fact that this darkness occurs immediately before Jesus' words "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" confirms this as the reason for this darkness. In a real sense, the "outer darkness" (hell) descended upon him at this time. During this time (as we saw last week), Jesus was identified with our sins (Gal. 3:13). Because of this identification with our sins, God the Father broke his perfect communion with Jesus and poured out on him the "cup" of his infinite wrath. He experienced the unspeakable horror of being utterly forsaken by God."How can God be separated from God?" This physical phenomenon, along with Jesus' words, reveals to us the tremendous power of sin to separate. The Bible tells us that sin separates people from God, from each other, from our own selves, and even from nature. The only way the separating power of sin could be conquered was by God the Father being separated from God the Son! In this act, the chasm was bridged--and the separation caused by sin began to be reversed. Through Christ we can be reconciled to God, to ourselves, to one another, and ultimately to nature.

 

2 The Temple Veil Torn (Matthew 27:51)

But this was only the first supernatural event. . . Read Matt. 27:51a. Immediately after Jesus shouted tetelestai and chose to die physically, the veil of the Temple was "torn in two from top to bottom."There is extra-biblical evidence for this event also. Roman historian Tacitus (Hist. V. 13), Jewish historian Josephus (Wars of the Jews VI, 5, 3) and the Jewish Talmud (Jer. Yoma 43c; Yoma 39b) all make reference to some "great catastrophe, betokening the impending destruction of the Temple, (that) had occurred in the Sanctuary about this very time." [5] What was this veil, and how did its tearing signify the end of the Temple?The veil of the Temple was a huge curtain (60 feet long, 30 feet high, and about 4 inches thick; composed of 72 squares sewn together; so heavy that it required 300 men to lift it) that formed the barrier between the Shekinah presence of God and all human beings.This veil (along with all of the Temple details) represented the separation between God and humanity because of our sins. No one was permitted to pass through the veil into God's presence except for the High Priest, once a year (Day of Atonement), with the blood of an unblemished goat for the sins of the people (NADAB & ABIHU: "I want to relate to God my own way").Through this symbolism, God was teaching that we are not acceptable to him because of our sins. He was also teaching our need for a blameless Substitute whose death would pay for our true moral guilt and open the way for us to draw near to GodThe decisive tearing of this veil (not gradual fraying from the bottom up) at the exact moment of Jesus' death communicated a clear message from God. The author of Hebrews explains it.The way into God's personal presence is now open for all--as long as we come through the death of Jesus. Jesus' death fulfilled what the animal atonement sacrifices could only symbolize. He actually paid the penalty for our sins against God and removed this barrier. Read Heb. 10:19,20. Now we can draw near to God with confidence that we are acceptable to him--not because of our works for God, but because of Jesus' perfect work for us.With Jesus' death, the whole Old Covenant system of relating to God through priests and their ritual sacrifices, has been fulfilled and set aside (Heb. 10:1-14). Heb. 10:9 says that through the death of Jesus, God "takes away the first in order to establish the second."

 

3 The Earthquake & Tombs Opened (Matthew 27:51b-53)

There was a final complex of supernatural events that followed immediately after the Temple veil was torn. Read Matthew 27:51b-53.This earthquake was no ordinary earthquake. It occurred immediately after Jesus' death, and it opened specific rock tombs--the tombs of believers.The language indicates that the tombs were opened at the time of the earthquake--at Jesus' death. But the people who were buried in them arose and appeared to others "after his (Jesus') resurrection."It is not clear from the text whether these believers were Old Testament believing Jews or those who believed in Jesus but died before his crucifixion. Neither is it clear whether they were merely revived (like Lazarus) to die again, or raised to be taken to heaven with Jesus (probably the latter).What is the significance of these events?Jesus' death provided the basis for taking Old Testament believers into God's presence. Prior to Christ's death, believers evidently went to a conscious waiting-place. Jesus called it "Abraham's bosom" (Lk. 16:22). They could not go into God's presence because their sins had not yet been paid for in history. 1 Pet. 4:6 seems to indicate that Jesus, immediately after his death, proclaimed his work of forgiveness to dead believers and took them into the presence of God. This appearance was another way God communicated this.Jesus' resurrection is the basis for the resurrection of all believers at his return. Their resurrection, shortly after Jesus' resurrection three days later, was the fulfillment of the Old Testament feast of the first-fruits (Lev. 23:10-14). As evidence of the coming full harvest, the people would bring a handful of grain to the priest. The resurrection of this "handful" of believers, occurring after Jesus was raised, was evidence of the coming harvest when all believers in Jesus will be raised (1 Cor. 15:20,23).

 

4 The Centurion's Response (Matthew 27:54)Read Matt. 27:54. Perhaps Luke interviewed this soldier (see Lk. 1:2). This would explain his extra information in Lk. 23:27-43.The centurion saw the intense darkness and the earthquake. He evidently realized that they were a testimony to the greatness of Jesus. He was also struck by the way Jesus died (Mk. 15:39), including what he said from the cross ("My God . . . ," tetelestai, " . . . into your hands . . . "). But he knew more than this. He may well have heard the trial before Pilate and understood Jesus' claim to be the Son of God.

He heard the religious leaders mocking him for claiming to be God's Son. These events convinced him that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, and he evidently placed his faith in him at this moment. He was the beginning of the fulfillment of Jesus' prediction: "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all people to myself." Here was a Gentile coming to faith in Christ crucified!You've heard this claim, you've seen some evidence (changed lives; whole Bible; apologetical material, etc.)--probably far more than this centurion. What's your verdict? It will be the most important verdict you ever render . . .

 

 

 

 

Part Three

Evidence for the Resurrection

 

1st, Christ predicted His resurrection. The Bible records, "From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things ... and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matthew 16:21, New American Standard Bible). Even though His followers did not understand what He was telling them at the time, they remembered His words and recorded them.

 

2nd, Jesus made numerous appearances to His followers. He comforted the mourners outside His tomb on Sunday morning. On the road to Emmaus, He explained things about Himself from the Old Testament. Later, He ate in their presence and invited them to touch Him. Scripture records that Jesus was seen by more than 500 at one time. Some may argue that a few people could have agreed to a deception, but how can one explain the collaboration of 500 people?

 

3rd, the unrelenting faith of the disciples convinces me of the Resurrection. Those disciples who were once so afraid that they deserted their Lord now courageously proclaimed this news, risking their lives to preach. Their bold and courageous behavior does not make sense unless they knew with absolute certainty that Jesus had been raised from the dead.

 

4th, the growth of the Christian church confirms the Resurrection. Peter's first sermon, which dealt with Christ's resurrection, stirred people to receive Him as their living Savior. Luke records the thrilling results: "That day there were added about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41). And that group of believers has multiplied until now it reaches around the world. Today, there are hundreds of millions of believers.

Finally, the testimony of hundreds of millions of transformed lives through the centuries shows the power of the Resurrection. Many have been delivered from addictions. The destitute and despairing have found hope. Broken marriages have been restored. The most conclusive proof for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that He is living within believers today in all of His resurrected life and transforming power.

 

          The Resurrection sets Christianity apart. No other religious leader has broken the power of death and conquered sin.Significance of the ResurrectionThe Resurrection confirms that Jesus is who He claimed to be. Let us consider the magnitude of this event:

 

The Resurrection proved that Christ was divine.

The fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross does not prove in itself He is God. Jesus proved His deity by fulfilling the prophecies of His death and by His return from the grave. The Bible declares that "by being raised from the dead [Christ] was proved to be the mighty Son of God, with the holy nature of God Himself" (Romans 1:4, The Living Bible).

 

 

The Resurrection proved Christ's power to forgive sin.

The Bible asserts, "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17).

By rising from the dead, Jesus proved His authority and power to break the bonds of sin and to assure forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept His gift of salvation.The Resurrection revealed Christ's power over death. The Bible records, "Christ rose from the dead and will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him" (Romans 6:9, TLB).

 

The Resurrection secured our victory over death

as well and "lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 2:6).

 

The Resurrection defeated God's enemy.

From the moment of his original rebellion until the day of the Cross, the devil fought viciously and cunningly to overthrow the kingdom of God. Satan must have thought he had dealt the final and decisive blow in this age-old war. But this was the devil's most serious miscalculation.

 

        The Cross was heaven's triumph. And when Jesus Christ arose, the power of sin and death was forever shattered. Because of the Resurrection, Christians need never fear Satan or death again.Completion of RedemptionFor 40 days after His death and resurrection, Christ appeared many times to His followers.On 1 occasion, He gathered His remaining 11 disciples on a mountain in Galilee and gave them His Great Commission.He said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always" (Matthew 28:19,20).Later, the Book of Acts records that, on the Mount of Olives, He admonished His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled with the Holy Spirit and then to take His message to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the world (Acts 1:4,5,8).Immediately after, He rose skyward and disappeared into the clouds, leaving the disciples staring after Him in amazed wonder.The ascension of Christ was the final act in the drama of redemption.

          His mission completed, Jesus Christ was exalted to His former glory.

        The resurrection of Jesus Christ ranks as history's most revolutionary event.One cannot deny that He shook the world in His day.But His life just as dramatically has shaped the course of history in our time.The Resurrection is the final proof that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be.