October 25 – 31 Family Devotions
Week of October 25 – 31
THE DAY JESUS RETURNED TO HEAVEN (Acts 1.1-11)
In the Gospel of Luke, I wrote to tell you about everything Jesus did and said through his life all the way up until the day he went back up to heaven.
Jesus, after the days when he suffered and died on the cross—and then rose again to life—he continued to visit with his close friends, the disciples, for about 40 days.
Jesus gave them instructions about what to do next. One day, when he was eating with them, he said, “Be sure to stay in Jerusalem until my Father sends you the gift he promised, just like I told you before. John baptized us with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit!”
Jesus continued, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. And you will be my witnesses—telling people about me everywhere… even to the ends of the earth.”
After saying this, he was taken up into the clouds while they were watching until they couldn’t see him anymore. And they just stood there looking up into the sky. Suddenly, two angels stood with them and said, “Why are you staring into heaven? Jesus returned to heaven and someday he will return, the same way you saw him go!”
“I will not leave you without someone to help you. And I myself will come back to you.”