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“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”( Mark 1:14, 15).

The birth of The Christ was first announced in Judea. (Luke 1:30-33)

The Shepherds in the fields tending their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem heard and saw the angels fill the skies proclaiming the birth of Christ. (Luke 2:8-18)

Forty days after His birth when Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple in Jerusalem where Simeon and Anna testified to His divinity. (Luke 2:22-39)

When Jesus was about two years old the Magi bearing gifts had come to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews. They did not find Him in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) but in a house in Nazareth.(Luke 2:39-40)

When Jesus of Nazareth was 12 years old He was in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46-47).

“Jerusalem and all Judea” had heard the preaching of John the Baptist; and the official rejection from the Sanhedrin, with the multitude, had heard his testimony concerning Jesus.

In Judea, Christ called His first disciples and much of His early ministry was centered on and around the Sea of Galilee.

Christ demonstrated of His divinity in the cleansing of the temple, His miracles of healing, and the lessons of divine truth which He spoke, all proclaimed that which He had declared before the Sanhedrin, His Son ship to the Eternal Father.

Israel was chosen by the Father to receive the first oracles of the Word of God, (Romans 3:1-2). Therefore Jesus of Nazareth was first sent to the House of Israel to announce that the Kingdom of God was at hand.

If the leaders in Israel had received Christ, He would have honored them as His messengers to carry the gospel to the world. To them first was given the opportunity to become heralds of God’s Kingdom and grace.

This announcement that the Kingdom of God is at hand was rejected by the religious leaders of Israel and the Sanhedrin. Clearly, Israel was officially given the opportunity to accept the responsibility of declaring the Kingdom to the world but Israel knew not the day of their visitation. Luke 19:41-44.

Israel missed their visitation because they were spiritually blinded by the leadership of the Pharisees. Jesus confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees warning them by saying “Your House is left unto you desolate.” (Luke 13:35) (Matthew 23:38) (Luke 21:5-38).

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they rejected Him and the message of the Kingdom of God. He knew the misery and extreme tribulation that would come upon Israel during that generation. (Matthew 23:34-36) (Luke 19:44)

Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to others who would commit to proclaiming His message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations.

The Apostles were chosen by Christ to follow Him. After His resurrection from the dead, He spent 40 days teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)

On the day of Pentecost the Apostles were endued with Power from on High and became witnesses of Him (Acts 14-9) (Acts 2:1-3) and they began to preach and teach others how to become citizens of the Kingdom of God and live a kingdom lifestyle. (Acts 2:42-47)

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Immanuel — God with Us

Christ is Immanuel–God is with us!

He is not a concept, a theory or a theology.

He is not a system or a religion.

He is not an icon, a figurehead, or a mythical movement leader.

He is not an allegory.

He is not an ideal.

He is not a way of life.

He is not a memory.

He is not experienced in the past or the future.

He is not a static-drenched echo from a far off land.

He is not once, or at one time.

He is not less real now than He was to those who could touch Him.

He is not the property of the pietistic, of any denomination or location.

He is not a fable created to make children shape up.

He is not here more for those on their game.

He is not over there, up there, away from here.

He is not withheld.

He is not unwilling.

He is not less here because we haven’t called on Him enough.

He is not a bedtime story.

He is not capricious or sporadic.

He is not every now and then, or on special occasions.

He is not only in the miracle.

He is not here because you called hard enough.

He is not here because you earned it.

He is not ever absent.

He has not forgotten.

He is not weaker, less able than back then.

He is not beyond where your prayers reach.

He is not vague.

He is not here in spirit.

He is not here in a metaphor.

He is not here in a riddle or a formula.

He is not here by wishing He was real.

He is here. Right now. Fully, completely.

He is in you, around you, with you, over you, about you, for you, on time, in the middle of, surrounding you and the ones you love, in complete power, communicating as clearly as any time in history, doing perfectly to you, for you, by you, thinking about you every moment, walking directly into the middle of your worst day, your worst moment, your worst fear, your pain, your loneliness, your doubts, your insecurity, your sickness, your tragedy, your frailness, your hope, your joy, your peace, your dreams, your relationships, your love, your longing to have your life count.

He is here.

He is champion and author of every beauty you find yourself longing for. He is the one who stands over you in the darkest hour.

He is lifting you up, when you are too exhausted, too devastated, too hopeless, too failed, too compromised, and too far gone.

He is in this season.

He is with you driving alone in the car, pushing a cart amidst the mind-numbing department store music, the hurting ones you can’t get to, the loss you can’t comfort, the change you can’t stop, the party you drive by, the memory of past Christmases you can’t bring back.

He is here listening to every word, forming answers, and intimacy stronger than words.

He is here in the music that draws your new nature to the sounds of Heaven.

He is here in the eternal.

He is here, drawing you to the Cross in this very moment, to fall down in awe of the endless love He is displaying right now, to show you the moment of the Resurrection and to bring it into this moment.

He is here to protect you from the despair, the condemning voices, the regrets.

He is here to stop you from plotting a way out of your marriage.

He is here to help you completely find your life after your marriage.

He is here to show you the new way, in this new season.

He is here to whisper who you are in Him and who He is in you.

He is here to stroll the lanes with you, hands in pockets, smiling, with all the time in the world.

He is here to declare your worth.

He is here to be glorified, enjoyed, trusted, loved, and worshiped by you.

He is here, to stare at the lights right next to you. Right now, right here.

He is here, whether you want Him here or not.

He is here in all power, doing exactly right, even when you don’t believe it.

He is here in the pain you never thought He’d allow.

He is here in the yelling at Him you never thought you’d ever dare.

He is here completely, in full Person, for you and you alone in this moment.

He is God with me, God with us, God with them, God with the wicked and twisted and vile, all at once.

He is with the shivering homeless one, with the starving mother who can’t get out to find food.

He is unafraid to be present in a world that questions why He allowed, why He doesn’t do more, why He doesn’t stop it all.

He is here and does not deflect our accusations.

He is here in our arrogance and self-righteous imagining that we care more than He does.

He is perfect love poured out and fused in.

He is my new name, Christ in me!

He is Immanuel. God is with us!

He is not here the way we demand. He is here exactly in the way we need.

…and all it takes to experience it, is to trust that who He is named is actually true.

Adapted from –John Lynch

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December 25, 2016 · 1:51 pm

The Cross and The Kingdom

As many of you who have been following this blog know I am excited about the coming of the Kingdom of God in the Age to come.

 

To think that everything the Father has done for mankind since the creation will culminate when His Kingdom, the New Jerusalem, will come to earth and God’s righteousness will rule.

 

Those of us who have believed in Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Messiah are now already citizens of His coming Kingdom and we have the promise of Jesus Christ that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness all things we need in this life will be supplied to us. We may not always get what we want, but we are promised the Kingdom Blessings of having our needs or daily bread supplied.

 

So then the ultimate Plan of God will be fulfilled at the culmination of this present evil age when His Kingdom is established and those who are citizens will have eternal life to live in His Kingdom in a lifestyle which the world has been clamoring for, but are not able to achieve on their own, without the belief in the God who created the heavens and the earth, and all that entails.

 

Where does this Kingdom life begin and who is this Kingdom for?

 

I believe the Kingdom life begins at the Cross of Jesus Christ. I believe the Kingdom life is available for all men and women who accept God’s grace, and mercy, of the gift of salvation.

 

With this said, I would like to share my personal story with you:

 

About twenty years ago my manner of life brought me to the place where I was confronted with the reality of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

 

Something happened that day that changed my life forever.

 

I was alone at home and had come to the conclusion that even though I wanted to serve Jesus Christ, I could not because in all honesty I was still a sinner. I was well aware of my shortcomings and struggles and was ready to throw in the towel and quit trying to serve Him.

This is when I began getting a deep agonizing feeling in my gut, or as the Apostle Paul would say in my “bowels.” Like I said, I so wanted to serve the Lord but I knew I was still a sinner. Therefore I concluded that I could not do anything for Him. This deep feeling was so strong that it felt as if my gut was going to burst at the seams.

 

At this point I found myself lying flat out on my living room floor and telling the Lord I could not serve him due to the weakness of my flesh. Then suddenly a scripture bolted into my mind. “Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from this body of death?”

 

Then another thought quickly followed indicating that Paul was a spiritual man trapped inside a sinful body, and that whenever he desired to do good, evil was present in him. Paul was trapped and within his flesh was dwelling no good thing.

 

It was then I realized that Paul at one time felt similar to the way I was feeling at this very moment in time. After contemplating this, I finally came to understand that as long as I am alive, sin would be dwelling in my flesh. I also realized that in Christ I was given a power and dominion over this evil. Because of what Christ accomplished on the Cross I was given the power to overcome sin and serve Him even in my imperfection. Now His Grace was a power sufficient for me to overcome the infirmities in my flesh.

Suddenly lying on the floor in a stretched out position, I found myself at the foot of the cross at Calvary. In my mind’s eye this was as real to me as if I were watching a movie with all its color and sound.

 

There I was with my arms wrapped around the foot of the cross sobbing. As I looked up I saw His bruised and bloodied feet, and the rusty nail that had been cruelly driven through them.

 

As I clung to the cross I continued to lift my head and looked higher until I saw His legs which showed the marks of the cuts caused by the whips They were badly bruised with the blood running down and dripping on my face.

 

I began to weep as I heard the wind howling and saw the low hanging ominous dark clouds blocking out the sun. The wind and dust in what seemed like a crazed frenzy blowing around the place of the skull as others stared at Him while some others wept.

 

There He was with the life almost gone out of His body which had been brutalized and mangled beyond recognition. His bones were out of joint and parts of His ribs were exposed. It looked as if there was not any place on his body that was not bruised or broken. The wound made by a soldiers spear in His side was open and oozing out both blood and water.

 

My eyes, now flooded with tears, began to look higher as His head hung to one side with the thorns insisted on digging deep into His bloodied scalp.

 

His face was bruised and swollen worse than any boxer I had ever seen after a brutal fight in the ring. His left eye was swollen shut, and His right eye was barely visible. His entire face was bruised, bloody and swollen beyond recognition.

 

There I was lying flat out on the ground not even realizing that I was in a position of prayer called obeisance. My arms stretched around the base of the cross with His blood drops falling on my face.

 

Then He took one last deep painful breath. Just then His almost shut right eye caught my eyes and I realized He was looking at me with pure love, forgiveness, and acceptance, no matter what I had done to sin against God and humanity before.

 

Then He suddenly cried out and said, “It is finished!” The labored breathing which cause Him excruciating pain had seen stopped. His head fell limp. He was dead!

 

But I am alive and filled with the most relieved emotion I had ever felt before. A flood of peace came over me as any doubts of being able to serve Him were now washed away and gone!

 

Then as they slowly and carefully took Him down from the cross, I could hear some say, “Will He rise again in three days as He said He would?”

 

Three days later He arose from the dead and He is still alive today active in the affairs of men. He is still calling all who will believe in His name and saving and forgiving all of their transgressions committed against God and man.

 

In this moment of time that I spent on my living room floor, I realized without a doubt that I had been to the cross where my Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. I cannot explain this occurrence but it is real to me and because of this I was saved and able to serve Him because of His willing sacrificial death paid for all my sins.

 

Now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am His and He is mine! He is my Lord and my savior and nothing will ever be able to separate me from Him ever again.

 

Without the Cross of Christ there is no forgiveness of sin and there would be no Kingdom coming in the future.

 

Without the Cross of Christ all mankind would be still lost and doomed to misery.

 

Praise the Father Who sent His only begotten Son to usher in eternal life in His coming Kingdom.

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Building a Heart Bridge

Did you ever think that perhaps our heavenly Father would like us to become bridge builders?

Bridge Builders you may ask?

Wouldn’t this would require me to become and architect or an engineer.

Yes this may be the case if the bridges God desires we build were made of steel and mortar. However the bridges that our Father would like us to construct are perhaps invisible bridges that span the distance from our heart to another heart.

At a point in my life when I spent many hours alone in the woods each day getting quiet and listening for my inner voice, the thought occurred to me to begin to learn how to build bridges to the hearts of others in my sphere of life.

What did this mean? How do I build an invisible bridge from one heart to another?

The answer came as I began to listen to what others had to say and I discovered that people have a lot to say about their favorite subject. . themselves.

I learned that in order to construct a “Heart Bridge” I had to become genuinely interested in what others had to say about themselves instead of pushing my agenda onto them.

After awhile I began to notice more and more people that I listened to eventually became interested in me and what I had to tell them about me.

Slowly but surely these invisible bridges began to materialize into conversations of the heart between me and another person.

One of those individuals was a young woman from India who was in my English Composition class at the local Community College I was attending.
She came up to me one day and said that she would like to become my friend. With this she began telling about herself and where she was from and that she was a Hindu.

Then she asked if i was a Christian? I responded by telling her that I was a follower of Jesus Christ. She immediately looked me in the eye and sternly said, “Do not try to talk me out of my God like many missionaries in India have tried to do!”

I said, “Salli I would never do that! In fact I am happy for you that you have a God.”

Over the next year the bridge to her heart was built and I was able to learn so many things about her and her religion and culture. She also learned about how I was not a religious or denominational Christian, but simply a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Other friendships that resulted in “Heart Bridges” being built were with students and teachers who are Jews, Muslims and avowed atheists. All of these became friends where we shared with one another what we believed and why.

Building a “Heart Bridge” may take some time and effort but it is time and effort well invested.

When we become “Heart Bridge” builders we are making it available for that other person to be linked to our heart and perhaps maybe someday they will cross over the bridge and find something they never expected to discover.

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What is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God?

What what is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God
 
What is the preaching of Gospel of the Kingdom of God and what are the dynamic effects upon people when this gospel is preached?
 
The subject matter of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be a topic of great interest to me for many reasons. One of which is the importance of this topic in the scriptures, and the weight Jesus Christ of Nazareth placed upon the preaching of the message of gospel of the kingdom of God in the entire world.
 
First of all, we see Jesus actually preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God throughout the Gospels.
Matthew 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
 
Matthew 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
 
Mark 1:14
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
 
Luke 8:1
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
 
 
After the Lord along with His 12 Apostles preached the kingdom in very city, He then sent out the Seventy in groups of two.
 
Luke 10:1
10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
 
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
 
The Lord sent them out with authority and power to preach the kingdom of God and when their mission was complete the seventy returned to the Lord with joy:
 
Luke 10:8-12
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
 
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
 
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
 
The Lord rejoiced with the Seventy not because the devils were subject to them through His name, but because He saw Satan fall from heaven.
 
Luke 10:17-24
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
 
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
 
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
 
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
 
24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
 
 
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit! The Greek word here for rejoiced is, agalliáō.
 
HELPS Word-studies
21 agalliáō (from agan, “much, very” and 242 /hállomai, “jump, leap”) – properly, getting so glad one jumps in celebration; to exult (boast) because so experientially joyful.
 
What is this telling us?
 
This is showing us the emotions the Lord felt in that when He rejoiced He was ecstatic with emotion and was actually jumping for joy!
 
To Be Continued. . .

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Psalm 127:1 (KJV) Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Jesus teaching His disciples

Once an individual begins to “consider” Jesus as the Apostle and High Priest of our calling then and only then will they begin to experience true liberty in Christ. (Hebrews 3:1 KJV)

When a person is confident of their relationship with Christ then we no longer look to any man for our answers to life’s dilemmas.

When I talk about the Kingdom of God, I’m talking about the primary purpose Christ became a man! He willfully left His place with the Father, leaving behind all of the attributes He left as a divine Son thereby limiting Himself to be born a helpless baby.

This is great love! That Christ left His majesty in heaven and willfully chose to become a servant.

Throughout all the gospels, Christ is preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God (Heaven). He is not only preaching and teaching, He is also demonstrating what the Father would do and say in any given situation. But even more than this, Christ is also demonstrating
how a human beings attitude should be towards God. With this Christ played a dual role of first showing us the Father and secondly showing us how to live before the Father.

Matthew 4:23 (KJV)

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

With His every word and action Christ was showing us by example what the Father would do and how we should live both individually and corporately in the Kingdom of God which Christ ushered in when He said, “The Kingdom of God is at Hand.”

He taught us how to pray to our Father and not to some distant impersonal God who is far removed from our everyday lives.

Christ also simplified the Law of Moses to two commandments when He said the first and great commandment is to Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second was like unto the first that you should love your neighbor as yourselves. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!

Matthew 9:35 (KJV)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

If you read the gospels and the church epistles through the lens of the kingdom of God you will be amazed at what you will discover.

The book of Acts begins with:

Acts 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

According to this scripture Christ spent 40 days in His resurrected body speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God!

In Acts 2:42-47 after about five thousand repented and accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, Christ (The Boss) set up His kingdom economy and not one of them lacked!

This was the mindset of the first century ecclesia! These people were of one mind concerning the Apostles doctrine which obviously must have been all that Christ taught them about how to live a kingdom life.

The beginning with the miracle of the lame man being healed when Peter and John were on their way to the Temple throughout the entire Book of Acts, everywhere we see the preaching of Christ and the gospel of the kingdom, miracle occurred.

Then finally in the last verses of Acts we find Paul preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Acts 28:30-31King James Version (KJV)
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,

31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Jesus our Boss told His disciples to go into all the word, and preach the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!

Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

So what is missing today in professional Christianity?

What are not we seeing genuine works of God?

My contention is the gospel of the kingdom which Jesus preached, and His Apostles preached is not being preached today but the main stream Church.

The high power preachers of today may talk a bit about the kingdom, and many people including myself thought I knew about the kingdom. However when the Boss got my attention I realized I had a lot to learn about what His kingdom was all about, and how absolutely necessary it is for His people to share the good news of the kingdom of God.

Why? Because it is the only viable remedy for this corruption of this world we live in.

I also contend that many men and women in the pulpit enjoy building a following where they are the King. They like all the benefits of their being King.

Oh! These preachers may not realize this but if you investigate you will find that most of the Big Time ministries fall into this category.

The Bible declares there is only one true King!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

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The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven
By Frank Manasseri

When we study the scriptures closely, we learn that the Bible describes two ascensions of the Lord Jesus into heaven. The second and final ascension was from the Mount of Olives with the Apostles in attendance. The first was on the morning of His resurrection from the dead in the presence of Mary Magdalene.

resurrection of Christ

On the morning when the Father raised Christ from the dead, Jesus as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, ascended into the third heaven, and entered into the Holiest of Holies (in heaven) to sprinkle His own sinless blood on the Mercy seat cleansing those who believe in His name from all sin

The scriptural evidence of this incredible truth is found in John 20:11-17:
John 20:11-16 (KJV)

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Mary Magdalene garden

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
John 20:17(KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Imagine what it must have been like the first time Jesus ascended into heaven on the morning of His resurrection? The attention of all the heavenly hosts were riveted on Him as He appeared as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek to fulfill His priestly duty of the atonement. What an awesome moment it must have been as the hosts of heaven watched as Christ approached the Holy of Holies in Heaven. Just as the earthly High Priest performed his duty on the Day of Atonement of the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the Mercy Seat in the Temple on earth, Jesus Christ in His role of High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, was carrying His own precious blood into the Temple of heaven. The blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world was sprinkled by Christ on the Mercy Seat in heaven. At this most significant moment our redemption was complete.

All the eyes of heaven were watching as the Son of the Living God entered into the Holy place to cleanse the sins of His followers with His own precious blood. The plan of salvation was complete as His pure, precious blood was sprinkled on the Mercy seat. Redemption was complete and sealed for eternity! What joy and rejoicing must have filled heaven!

Hebrews 9:24-28 (KJV)
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

After ascending into heaven and the sprinkling of His own blood on the Mercy Seat was completed, Christ returned to Jerusalem and spent the next forty days with his disciples in His resurrected body, teaching them the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:1-3 (AMP):
In the former account [which I prepared], O Theophilus, I made [a continuous report] dealing with all the things which Jesus began to do and to teach

Until the day when He ascended, after He through the Holy Spirit had instructed and commanded the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.

To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.

During the forty days after His resurrection Christ showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

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