Ascension Day Origin – June 2nd
The Biblical passage in Acts chapter 1 says that around forty days after Jesus was crucified on the cross (Good Friday) and raised from the dead three days later (Easter), he had reappeared to his disciples and shared with them a challenge asking them to stay in Jerusalem until they felt empowered to go and share the Good News of his love and offer of life.
After he was done speaking, Acts says he was lifted up into the heavens and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Two men then appeared in white garments and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
In promising Jesus’ return back to earth, they offered the disciples hope that they would see their friend again.
Since May 21st, much talk has talk has come and gone regarding a rapture and Christ’s return. As is obvious, there has been no rapture. Christian teachings presented many challenges to the May 21st prediction. Just 12 days later, many churches will celebrate Ascension Day with feasts and gatherings.