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Equip our youth at home with the Good News and enjoy sharing Sunday School messages with your children including Zacchaeus, Holy Week, Easter and more. This is a fun way to engage your family in the Word through stories, puppet shows, games and hands on activities. Get your Gospel on-the-go with this Faith and Fun Take Out Style Sunday School. Call Torri in the Church Office (402-913-2258) to make arrangements to pick up your box curbside.
It was time to go home. After Jesus rose from the dead He spent 40 days on earth appearing to His disciples and others. Many saw Him and knew that He had risen from the dead and had beaten death. As much as Jesus’s disciples would have liked Him to stay with them forever, Jesus was done with what He had come to earth to accomplish and it was time for Him to return to His Father in heaven and prepare a place for us. Before He left Jesus told His disciples that they would be witnesses of all they had seen and heard as they took the Good News of Him to the ends of the earth. Talk about a big job! Jesus didn’t intend for them to do it alone though. He told them He would be sending the Holy Spirit to help them and even though He wouldn’t be physically with them anymore, He was still with them and always would be.
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.