Ascension of Jesus

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The Ascension of Jesus is the Christian doctrine from the New Testament of the moment when the resurrected Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrection body,[Acts 1:9-11] in the presence of eleven of his Apostles. According to the doctrine, he was returning to his Father and his heavenly throne, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. An angel told the watching disciples that Jesus' second coming would take place in the same manner as his ascension.[1] Jesus died circa 30 by Crucifixion at the hands of the Romans, but see also Responsibility for the death of Jesus.

Belief in the Ascension of Jesus is found in the Nicene Creed, and is affirmed by Christian liturgy and, in the West, by the Apostles' Creed. The Ascension implies Jesus' humanity being taken into heaven.[2] Ascension Day, celebrated 40 days after Easter, is one of the chief feasts of the Christian year.[2] The feast dates back at least to the later 4th century, as is widely attested.[2]

The canonical gospel account of Jesus ascending bodily into the clouds contrasts with Aramaic Matthew which is silent on the issue. The gnostic tradition, has Jesus transcend the physical realm and return to his home in the spirit world, while Docetism, has matter being intrinsically evil and Jesus was said to have been a pure spirit.

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