The Lord Jesus, His Disciples and His Ascension to Heaven – Acts 1
In a previous story we learned how the risen Lord Jesus showed himself to his disciples in the room where they were staying. We learned how Thomas was not there, and would not believe until he saw for himself, and touched the wounds in the Lord Jesus’ hands and side. Later on, Jesus appeared to Thomas who, upon seeing the Lord Jesus, said “my Lord and my God.”
After Jesus appeared to Thomas, he showed himself again to the disciples and this is the story of that appearance. Simon Peter and some of the other disciples were at the sea of Tiberias. Peter said “I go a fishing” so they all went fishing, but they caught nothing. In the morning, Jesus stood on the shore but they didn’t know it was Jesus. He said to them “Children do you have any meat?” and they answered “No” So Jesus told them to throw their net on the right side of the ship, and when they did they caught very many fish. John, who was with the disciples, said to Peter “It is the Lord!” And when Peter heard that, he threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came and brought with them the net with all the fish, and as soon as they got to shore there was a fire built with fish and bread all ready for them. Jesus said to them “bring the fish which you caught” Peter took the net of fish, numbering 153, and the net did not break. Jesus said “Come and eat”, and they knew it was the Lord. Jesus gave them bread and fish, this was the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was risen from the tomb.
After they had eaten Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?” and Peter said “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said “Feed my lambs.” Again he said “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” and Peter said “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” And Jesus said “Feed my sheep” Then a third time Jesus said “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” and Peter said “Lord you know all things, you know that I love you.” And Jesus said “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young you dressed yourself and walked wherever you wanted to go, but when you are old you will stretch forth your hands, and someone else shall take you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this, showing Peter by his death that he would glorify God. And then Jesus spoke and said to Peter “Follow me.”
Jesus appeared to his disciples for 40 days, and spoke of all the things that had to do with the kingdom of God. Then he told them that they should not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the Holy Ghost to come upon them. After he had spoken to them, while they watched, Jesus was taken up and a cloud took him out of their sight The disciples looked steadily up to heaven as he went up, and then two men stood by them in white clothing who said to the disciples “You men of Galilee, why do you stand here gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come in the same way as you have seen him go into heaven.”
And so they went back to Jerusalem just as the Lord Jesus had told them to do.
Memory Verse: Acts 1:11″This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come the same way.”
1. How do you think the disciples caught the fish? Answer: Because Jesus told them where to put the net, and Jesus brought them the fish too.
2. What had Jesus made for them when they came to shore? Answer: Bread and fish.
3. Why do you think Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loved him? Answer: Because Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times when Jesus was being tried.
4. Why did Jesus tell the disciples to wait in Jerusalem? Answer: Because the Holy Ghost was to come to them.
5. Were the disciples able to see Jesus ascend towards heaven? Answer: Yes. They watched him until a cloud took him out of their sight.
6. Who do you think it was that told the disciples that Jesus was coming back in the same way? Answer: Angels