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The bible is pretty clear. John 16:7 (NLT) But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. Jesus left so that the Holy Spirit would come.


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1. Is there a name for this period in the various traditions? I am not aware of any for protestant Christianity, but Catholicism refers to this period as Eastertide or the Season of Easter. 2. When he wasn't appearing to people, where and on what was Jesus spending his time? Jesus told the thief on the cross that "today, you will be with me in paradise", ...


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Understanding the second part of your question is the key to answering the first part. Part One: (How the Spirit was with them before and after Jesus "going away") In John 3:34, it is said of Christ that He had the Spirit of God "without measure". So as He was living on Earth as a perfect sinless man, Jesus had unlimited access to the Holy Spirit, who ...


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In the risk of sounding way too much catholic :p here is my answer: Ascension and Assumption are two different things. Catholics believe that only Jesus came down from heaven and went up to heaven on his own power. This is called Ascension. Others like Enoch, Elijah and of course Bl. Virgin Mary were taken up by God. (i.e., not by their own power) This is ...


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The Gospels, Matthew and Luke, are based off of the gospel of Mark and the gospel of John is based independently on its own source. The Savior said He was not to be touched until He has ascended to God. Perhaps He was to present Himself Resurrected to His Father. As far as we can tell by His conversation with the disciples versus His conversation with Mary, ...


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I took a quick survey of mentions of the word ascension at CCEL.org, and got a few comments from theologians. From Augustus Johann Neander, Life of Jesus Christ in its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement [sic], section 306: ... Christ did not pass from his earthly existence to a higher through natural death, but in a supernatural way; ... ...


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This will take a bit of work...But thankfully, the work has already been done :) If you go to Volume 2 of Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology, p 591, you will there see a pretty good treatment of Christ's Death and Burial. (Search for "Christ humbled Himself even unto death, and continued under the power of death for a time." minus the quotes in the pdf) ...


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There is evidence in Luke/Acts that Jesus ascended to heaven at least twice: on the evening of his resurrection, then forty days later. There is no biblical record of Jesus returning to earth, although one could assume this happened after the first ascension. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: ...


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In the passage in John 20:17, the word used for Touch ἅπτομαι, is not used in John 20:27. This word is used in different ways throughout the bible. This means that it is not unreasonable for the passage to have meant "to hold on to" or "grasp". Some eisegesis here, but if a person had a loved one they presumed to be dead, and they find them alive. What ...


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Alexander MacLaren discussed the mode of the ascension at length in at least three different places: his exposition of 2 Kings 2:11, which contrasts the translation of Elijah and the ascension of Christ There is no outward sign to accompany His slow upward movement through the quiet air. No blaze of fiery chariots, nor agitation of tempest is needed ...


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IMO Jesus ascended after talking with Mary and before meeting the brothers in Galilee. The whole picture of the sacrifices and offerings and the feasts days in the OT are a picture of the Messiah. During the Passover week (days of Unleavened Bread) the Lord told the Jews to do this. After sunset ending the regular Sat. sabbath the High Priest went to the ...


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It should be noted that the Scriptures do not record the specific place to which Enoch was taken--only that he was taken. For Elijah, he was taken up to heaven. However, the word heaven is used to refer to different things, namely the sky, the domain of the stars, and the dwelling place of God. It seems that Elijah arose into the sky, specifically. ...


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An interesting question! I would like to add the following points too: There was a need for the Holy Spirit: Jesus had a work to do in the Heavenly Sanctuary: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, ...


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Thomas Aquinas gives four reasons: When "he was still living among them ... they were not prepared, for carnal love is contrary to the Holy Spirit, since the Spirit is spiritual love." He connects this with 2 Corinthians 5: "And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then ...


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1. Is there a name for this period? I came accros this site whilst trying to answer this question for myself. I would agree with other posts that there does not appear to be a formal name. Though the Catholic church appear to name it, "Eastertide" and/or "Easter Season". 2. When He wasn't appearing, where and on what was he spending His time? Again, this ...


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1. Is there a name for this period in the various traditions? Not that I'm aware of, aside from "the forty days." 2. When he wasn't appearing to people, where and on what was Jesus spending his time? We aren't told, so any answer on this subject is pure speculation. In fact, we aren't even told that he was not with them and teaching them the whole time. ...



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