The Ascension of Jesus
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The Ascension of Jesus

The Ascension of Jesus for Young Children

Jesus came back from the grave* and spent 40 days with his beloved disciples*. He taught his dear students many things and told them that he would visit again.

He said, "Soon, you will be baptized* with the Holy Spirit and receive the power of God. You will tell my story to the people in Jerusalem and to people all over the Earth."

Jesus blessed his disciples*. Then as they looked at him Jesus became surrounded by bright light. He was taken into the heavens, and he disappeared.

Two men appeared and told the disciples that Jesus was in heaven, but that one day he would return.

Jesus says Good-bye!
Adapted from Acts 1:1-10
(for children under 4 years)

Jesus said to his friends one day,
"Very soon I must go away,
Don't be sad because 
I will come back again!
Jesus told his friends: 
"Tell my story everywhere."
And then as his beloved friends
were standing there
Jesus went up, up, up 
Into the sky!

New Words:

AscensionJesus Christ's rising to heaven: according to Christianity, the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after the Resurrection

Ascension Day: celebration of Jesus Christ's ascent: the Thursday, forty days after Easter, when Christians celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ from earth to heaven after the Resurrection

baptism: rite of purification: a religious ceremony in which somebody is sprinkled with or immersed in water to symbolize purification. In Christian baptisms, the person is often named and accepted into the Christian faith.

disciples: follower of person or idea: somebody who strongly believes in the teachings of a leader, a philosophy, or a religion, and tries to act according to them. original follower of Jesus Christ: one of the 12 original followers of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible

grave: burial place of dead body: a hole dug in the ground for a dead person's body, or the place where a dead person's body is buried