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Jesus ascends into heaven
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Jesus’ transition from earth to heaven after His ministry, death and resurrection. The Bible refers to Jesus’ transition as a passive action—like a “taking-up” or an “assumption”—instead of using the actual word “ascension” (Argyle, “The Ascension,” 241). However, “ascension of Christ” has become the traditional way of referring to this event.Many aspects of New Testament theology, such as Christ’s heavenly intercession and return to Earth, are unsustainable apart from the ascension account. Moreover, the Jesus that is worshiped by the church is precisely the ascended Christ.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jesus, Ascension of
Jesus, Ascension of Jesus’ transition from earth to heaven after His ministry, death and resurrection. The Bible refers to Jesus’ transition as a passive action—like a “taking-up” or an “assumption”—instead of using the actual word “ascension” (Argyle, “The Ascension,” 241). However, “ascension of Christ”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ascension of Christ
ASCENSION OF CHRIST. The doctrine of the ascension includes the ascent, the session at God’s right hand, and the judgment. It has been interpreted through the Person of Christ, through the work of Christ, and through both (Walker 1968: 80–81). There is “no incident in the life of Jesus at one and the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ascension of Christ
Ascension of Christ. Transference of the resurrected body of Jesus from this world to heaven. Of the NT writers only Luke described Jesus’ ascension. Acts 1:9–11 pictures a scene in which Jesus was “taken up” and disappeared into a cloud. Luke 24:50, 51 and Acts 1:12 locate that final event near Bethany,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ascension
Ascension The departure of Christ from earth to the presence of the Father. Although the Ascension as an event is more often assumed than described in the NT, the Ascension of Jesus Christ is an important article of the Christian faith, declaring the victory of Jesus and pointing to his present lordship
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ascension of Christ
ASCENSION OF CHRIST Transference of the resurrected body of Jesus from this world to heaven. Among the NT writers, only Luke described Jesus’ ascension. Acts 1:9–11 pictures a scene in which Jesus was “taken up” and disappeared into a cloud. Luke 24:50–51 and Acts 1:12 locate that final event near Bethany,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ascension of Christ
ascension of Christ, the risen Jesus’s departure into heaven after his final appearance to his disciples. It is described only in Luke 24:50–51 and Acts 1:2–11, although there may be allusions to it elsewhere in the nt (e.g., John 6:62; 20:17; Eph. 4:8–10). In the setting of Acts, the ascension is preparatory
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ascension of Christ
ASCENSION OF CHRIST. The bodily transfer of our Lord from the earthly to the heavenly sphere of existence. The primary account of this event appears in Acts 1:9–11; the secondary references in Mk 16:19 and Lk 24:51 are rendered questionable by inferior textual evidence. However, the ascension is assumed
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ascension
ASCENSION. The story of the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ is told in Acts 1:4–11. In Lk. 24:51 the words ‘and was carried up into heaven’ are less well attested, as is also the description in Mk. 16:19. There is no alternative suggestion in the NT of any other termination to the post-resurrection
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ascension
AscensionAn ascent to heaven. Biblical and extrabiblical literature include many references to figures who went up to heaven. In the OT living figures ascend. Enoch is assumed to have ascended to heaven. He is described as one who “walked with God” and “was no more, because God took him” (Gen. 5:24).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ascension of Christ
ASCENSION OF CHRIST The elevation of Christ into heaven forty days after his Resurrection. Christ’s Ascension took place in his glorified body, in the presence of his disciples. The event was recounted in Mark (16:19), Luke (24:51), and Acts (1:1–11) (CCC 659–64).The location of the Ascension was Mount
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Ascension
AscensionThe ascension is the second stage of Jesus Christ’s three-stage exaltation, in which after his bodily resurrection (the first stage) he visibly departed earth and entered the presence of God in heaven to be crowned at his right hand with glory, honor and authority. The third stage, his enthronement,
Key passages
Mk 16:19–20

Then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord was working together with them and confirming the message through the accompanying signs.⟧

Lk 24:44–52

And he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything that is written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and …

Ac 1:4–11

And while he was with them, he commanded them, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for what was promised by the Father, which you heard about from me. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they …