Passion of Christ through the great commission salvation study and teaching 4
Passion, Jesus is risen and the great commission salvation teaching 4
This is a teaching and study combining the Passion of Christ, the Jesus is risen part, using John 13, 18 and 19 for the passion of Christ and using John chapter 20 and 21 for the Jesus is risen part, with the great commission and even 1 Corinthians 15 along with a salvation teaching, for they all come together. As 1 Corinthians 15 says if Jesus had NOT risen our hope would be in vain but since He has risen we have our hope in Him, even to be raptured at the end of time.
John chapter 13 is the place where He indeed washed His disciples’ feet as an example to love one another and then He makes that as His commandment that we love one another. Also in the chapter Judas goes out to betray Jesus and Jesus foretells of Peter’s denials of Jesus which will come much later in the book.
(John 13:1) Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
(John 13:2) And after supper, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,
(John 13:3) Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
(John 13:4) He rose from the supper and laid aside His garments, and having taken a towel, He girded Himself.
(John 13:5) Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to dry them with the towel with which He was girded.
(John 13:6) Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?"
(John 13:7) Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you shall know after this."
(John 13:8) Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me."
(John 13:9) Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"
(John 13:10) Jesus said to him, "He that is bathed need only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."
(John 13:11) For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all clean."
(John 13:12) So when He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, He reclined again, and said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
(John 13:13) You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say correctly, for so I am.
(John 13:14) Therefore if I, your Lord and your Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
(John 13:15) For I gave you an example, that just as I did to you, you also should do.
(John 13:16) Most assuredly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than he who sent him.
(John 13:17) If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
(John 13:18) I do not speak concerning all of you. I know those whom I chose; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'
(John 13:19) From now on I tell you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe that I AM.
(John 13:20) Most assuredly I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
(John 13:21) When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in His spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
(John 13:22) Therefore the disciples were looking at one another, perplexed about whom He was speaking.
(John 13:23) Now there was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved.
(John 13:24) Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to inquire who it might be about whom He was speaking.
(John 13:25) Then, leaning back thus on Jesus' chest, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?"
(John 13:26) Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
(John 13:27) And after the piece of bread, then Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
(John 13:28) But no one reclining at the table knew for what purpose He said this to him.
(John 13:29) For some were thinking, since Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, "Buy the things of which we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
(John 13:30) Therefore having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.
(John 13:31) When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him.
(John 13:32) If God has been glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.
(John 13:33) Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot come,' so now I say to you.
(John 13:34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
(John 13:35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
(John 13:36) Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but later you will follow Me."
(John 13:37) Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for You."
(John 13:38) Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for Me? Most assuredly I say to you, the rooster shall by no means crow till you deny Me three times.
John chapter 18 covers Jesus arrest to where Jesus has His hearing with Pilate and all the dialog in them.
(John 18:1) After saying these things, Jesus went out with His disciples across the winter stream Kidron, where there was a garden, into which He and His disciples entered.
(John 18:2) Now Judas, the one betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often gathered there also with His disciples.
(John 18:3) Then Judas, having taken the detachment of soldiers, and attendants from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
(John 18:4) Jesus therefore, knowing all things coming upon Him, went out and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"
(John 18:5) They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." Jesus said to them, "I AM." And Judas, the one betraying Him, was standing with them.
(John 18:6) Therefore when He said to them, "I AM," they stepped back and fell to the ground.
(John 18:7) Then He asked them again, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene."
(John 18:8) Jesus answered, "I have told you that I AM! Therefore if you seek Me, allow these men to go,"
(John 18:9) so that the word might be fulfilled which He said, "Those whom You have given Me I have lost none."
(John 18:10) Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And the servant's name was Malchus.
(John 18:11) Then Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?"
(John 18:12) Then the detachment of soldiers and the captain and the attendants of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.
(John 18:13) And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.
(John 18:14) Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was profitable for one man to perish for the people.
(John 18:15) And Simon Peter was following Jesus, as was the other disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest.
(John 18:16) But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in.
(John 18:17) Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, "You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
(John 18:18) And the servants and attendants who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves. Now Peter was standing with them and warming himself.
(John 18:19) Then high priest asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.
(John 18:20) Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always come together, and in secret I spoke nothing.
(John 18:21) Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard Me, what I spoke to them. Indeed they know what I said."
(John 18:22) And when He had said these things, one of the attendants who stood by slapped Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Is this how You answer the high priest?"
(John 18:23) Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?"
(John 18:24) Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
(John 18:25) Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Therefore they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" Then he denied it and said, "I am not!"
(John 18:26) One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?"
(John 18:27) Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.
(John 18:28) Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium, lest they might be defiled, but so that they might eat the Passover.
(John 18:29) Then Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this Man?"
(John 18:30) They answered and said to him, "If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him over to you."
(John 18:31) Then Pilate said to them, "You take Him and judge Him according to your law." Therefore the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to kill anyone,"
(John 18:32) that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled which He said, signifying by what sort of death He was about to die.
(John 18:33) Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, and called Jesus, and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"
(John 18:34) Jesus answered him, "For yourself do you say this, or did others tell you about Me?"
(John 18:35) Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?"
(John 18:36) Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I might not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."
(John 18:37) Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
(John 18:38) Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And having said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no fault in Him.
(John 18:39) "But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore do you wish that I should release the King of the Jews?"
(John 18:40) Then they all cried out again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a bandit.
John chapter 19 continues the hearing and covers the actual crucifixion of Jesus and Jesus death and burial.
(John 19:1) So then Pilate took Jesus and flogged Him.
(John 19:2) And the soldiers twisted a crown out of thorns and put it on His head, and they put a purple robe around Him.
(John 19:3) And they kept saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they were striking Him with their hands.
(John 19:4) Pilate then went out again, and said to them, "Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, so that you may know that I find no fault in Him."
(John 19:5) Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, "Behold, the Man!"
(John 19:6) Therefore, when the chief priests and the attendants saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him."
(John 19:7) The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God."
(John 19:8) Therefore, when Pilate heard this saying, he was even more afraid,
(John 19:9) and he entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.
(John 19:10) Then Pilate said to Him, "Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have authority to crucify You, and I have authority to release You?"
(John 19:11) Jesus answered, "You would have no authority at all against Me unless it had been given to you from above. Therefore the one who betrayed Me to you has a greater sin."
(John 19:12) From this point Pilate was seeking to release Him, but the Jews kept crying out, saying, "If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar's. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar."
(John 19:13) Therefore Pilate, having heard this saying, led Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
(John 19:14) Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"
(John 19:15) But they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!"
(John 19:16) Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.
(John 19:17) And bearing His cross, He went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
(John 19:18) where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on each side, and Jesus in the middle.
(John 19:19) Now Pilate wrote a title and he put it on the cross. And it was written: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
(John 19:20) Then many of the Jews read this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin.
(John 19:21) Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'He said, "I am the King of the Jews." ' "
(John 19:22) Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
(John 19:23) Then the soldiers, when they crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was seamless, woven from the top in one piece.
(John 19:24) Therefore they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it, whose it will be," so that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: "They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." Therefore the soldiers did these things.
(John 19:25) Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
(John 19:26) Therefore Jesus, seeing His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!"
(John 19:27) Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her into his own care.
(John 19:28) After this, Jesus, seeing that all things already had been fulfilled, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, He said, "I thirst!"
(John 19:29) Now a vessel was set full of sour wine; and they, having filled a sponge with sour wine, put it around a hyssop, they held it to His mouth.
(John 19:30) Therefore when Jesus received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
(John 19:31) Therefore the Jews, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and they might be taken away.
(John 19:32) Then the soldiers came and they broke the legs of the first man, and of the other who was crucified with Him.
(John 19:33) But having come to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
(John 19:34) But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
(John 19:35) And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he tells the truth, so that you may believe.
(John 19:36) For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not a bone of His shall be broken."
(John 19:37) And again another Scripture says, "They shall look at Him whom they pierced."
(John 19:38) After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away the body of Jesus.
(John 19:39) And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
(John 19:40) Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen strips with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
(John 19:41) Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried.
(John 19:42) So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, because the tomb was near.
Here are John chapters 20 and 21 which show Jesus rising from the cross and various encounters He had, including with Mary, Thomas, a miraculous fish catch and with Peter.
(John 20:1) On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
(John 20:2) Therefore she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him."
(John 20:3) Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.
(John 20:4) And the two together were running, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
(John 20:5) And stooping to look in, he saw the linen strips lying there; however he did not go in.
(John 20:6) Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered into the tomb; and he saw the linen strips lying there,
(John 20:7) and the facecloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen strips, but apart from them, having been rolled up in one place.
(John 20:8) Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
(John 20:9) For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
(John 20:10) Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
(John 20:11) But Mary stood outside facing the tomb weeping. Therefore as she was weeping, she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
(John 20:12) And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
(John 20:13) Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they put Him."
(John 20:14) And having said these things, she turned back and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
(John 20:15) Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You carried Him away, tell me where You put Him, and I will take Him away."
(John 20:16) Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher).
(John 20:17) Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "
(John 20:18) Mary Magdalene went reporting to the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
(John 20:19) Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace to you."
(John 20:20) And having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
(John 20:21) Therefore Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
(John 20:22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
(John 20:23) If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."
(John 20:24) But Thomas, one of the twelve, the one called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
(John 20:25) The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will by no means believe."
(John 20:26) And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been closed, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"
(John 20:27) Then He said to Thomas, "Bring your finger here, and see My hands; and bring your hand here, and put it into My side. Be not unbelieving, but believing."
(John 20:28) And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
(John 20:29) Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
(John 20:30) And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;
(John 20:31) but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
(John 21:1) After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this manner He showed Himself:
(John 21:2) Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.
(John 21:3) Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We are coming with you also." They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
(John 21:4) But as daybreak had already come, Jesus stood upon the shore; however the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
(John 21:5) Then Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?" They answered Him, "No."
(John 21:6) And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." Therefore they cast, and they were not able to haul it in because of the multitude of fish.
(John 21:7) Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and he threw himself into the sea.
(John 21:8) But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.
(John 21:9) Then as they got off onto the land, they saw a charcoal fire laid there, and fish placed on it, and bread.
(John 21:10) Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught."
(John 21:11) Simon Peter went up and hauled the net onto the land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
(John 21:12) Jesus said to them, "Come, eat breakfast." Yet none of the disciples dared to question Him, "Who are You?"--knowing that it was the Lord.
(John 21:13) Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
(John 21:14) This was now the third time Jesus was manifested to His disciples, having been raised from the dead.
(John 21:15) So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I care for You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
(John 21:16) He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I care for You." He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep."
(John 21:17) He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you care for Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you care for Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I care for You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
(John 21:18) Most assuredly I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and used to walk where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and will carry you where you do not wish."
(John 21:19) But this He said, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
(John 21:20) Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had reclined on His chest at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?"
(John 21:21) Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?"
(John 21:22) Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."
(John 21:23) Then this saying went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?"
(John 21:24) This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
(John 21:25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself would have room for the books which would be written. Amen.
Here are the great commission messages from Jesus to the apostles/disciples
Here is the commission as it appears at the end of Matthew chapter 28
(Matthew 28:18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
(Matthew 28:19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
(Matthew 28:20) teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
Here is the commission as it appears in the gospel of Mark chapter 16
(Mark 16:15) And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation.
(Mark 16:16) He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be condemned.
(Mark 16:17) And these signs shall accompany those who have believed: In My name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;
(Mark 16:18) they shall pick up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it shall by no means hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall be well."
(Mark 16:19) So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
(Mark 16:20) And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Here is the message at the end of Luke 24, saying all ways necessary for the scripture to be fulfilled, and Jesus was even taken to heaven here
(Luke 24:44) Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me."
(Luke 24:45) And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
(Luke 24:46) Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
(Luke 24:47) and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:48) And you are witnesses of these things.
(Luke 24:49) And behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
(Luke 24:50) And He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them.
(Luke 24:51) And it happened, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
(Luke 24:52) And after they had worshipped Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
(Luke 24:53) and they were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
And here is the beginning of Acts
(Acts 1:1) The former account I made concerning all things, O Theophilus, which Jesus began both to do and teach,
(Acts 1:2) until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
(Acts 1:3) to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.
(Acts 1:4) And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to withdraw from Jerusalem, but to await for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;
(Acts 1:5) for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
(Acts 1:6) Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
(Acts 1:7) And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has placed in His own authority.
(Acts 1:8) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
(Acts 1:9) Now after He said these things, while they were beholding Him, He was lifted up, and a cloud withdrew Him from their eyes.
(Acts 1:10) And while they looked intently into heaven, while He was going, behold, two men stood along side them in white apparel,
(Acts 1:11) who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him going into heaven."
Here is 1 Corinthians chapter 15, which is known as the resurrection chapter because it speaks of the death and resurrection of Jesus, stating that if Jesus had NOT been raised from the dead all of our faith, the Christian faith would be in vain and hopeless and we would have no chance of resurrection, but as He did then that is how we have our hopes of our resurrection, eternal life with Jesus because of Jesus’ raising from the dead, for Jesus defeated death by being raised from the grave.
(1 Corinthians 15:1) Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
(1 Corinthians 15:2) and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:3) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
(1 Corinthians 15:4) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
(1 Corinthians 15:5) and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
(1 Corinthians 15:6) Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:7) Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
(1 Corinthians 15:8) Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
(1 Corinthians 15:9) For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
(1 Corinthians 15:10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
(1 Corinthians 15:11) Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
(1 Corinthians 15:12) Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
(1 Corinthians 15:13) But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
(1 Corinthians 15:14) And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:15) We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
(1 Corinthians 15:16) For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
(1 Corinthians 15:17) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
(1 Corinthians 15:18) Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
(1 Corinthians 15:19) If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
(1 Corinthians 15:20) But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:21) For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
(1 Corinthians 15:22) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:23) But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:24) Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
(1 Corinthians 15:25) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
(1 Corinthians 15:26) The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
(1 Corinthians 15:27) For "God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "all things are put in subjection," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
(1 Corinthians 15:28) When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
(1 Corinthians 15:29) Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?
(1 Corinthians 15:30) Why are we in danger every hour?
(1 Corinthians 15:31) I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
(1 Corinthians 15:32) What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
(1 Corinthians 15:33) Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
(1 Corinthians 15:34) Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
(1 Corinthians 15:35) But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"
(1 Corinthians 15:36) You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
(1 Corinthians 15:37) And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
(1 Corinthians 15:38) But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
(1 Corinthians 15:39) For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
(1 Corinthians 15:40) There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
(1 Corinthians 15:41) There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
(1 Corinthians 15:42) So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
(1 Corinthians 15:43) It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
(1 Corinthians 15:44) It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
(1 Corinthians 15:45) Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
(1 Corinthians 15:46) But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
(1 Corinthians 15:47) The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:48) As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:49) Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:50) I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
(1 Corinthians 15:51) Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
(1 Corinthians 15:52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
(1 Corinthians 15:53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
(1 Corinthians 15:54) When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
(1 Corinthians 15:55) "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
(1 Corinthians 15:56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
(1 Corinthians 15:57) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
For what purpose was all of this done? The following verses state how mankind is fallen and all do wrong but that is why out of love God sent Jesus into the world
(Romans 3:10) as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;
(Romans 3:11) no one understands; no one seeks for God.
(Romans 3:12) All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one
(Romans 3:23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
(Romans 3:25) whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
(Romans 3:26) It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus
The last four verses in Romans 6 further add to the point of our need of a savior to avoid the wages of sin and how Jesus did that for us
(Romans 6:20) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
(Romans 6:21) But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
(Romans 6:22) But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus expresses His purpose of coming to the Earth here in these verses
(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
(John 3:18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
This message is further confirmed in John 5, two verses speaking of eternal life
(John 5:24) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
(John 5:25) "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
As some of the above verses do remind us, this verse really drives home the point that eternal life from heaven is really a gift from God and cannot be earned in any way by our own works so God Himself has provided the means to escape hell and to have eternal life with Him.
(Ephesians 2:8) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
(Ephesians 2:9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
(2 Corinthians 9:15) Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
(1 Timothy 2:1) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
(1 Timothy 2:2) for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
(1 Timothy 2:3) This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
(1 Timothy 2:4) who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:5) For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
(1 Timothy 2:6) who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
These verses in 1 Peter shed more light on this purpose of Jesus
(1 Peter 2:24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
(1 Peter 2:25) For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls
That message also is here in this 1 Peter 3 verse
(1 Peter 3:18) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit
And so does these two verses in 2 Peter 3 for time is nothing to the Lord and He wants all to come to repentance and is patient
(2 Peter 3:8) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
These two verses in 1 John 2 also state how Jesus was the propitiation for our sins and all mankind’s
(1 John 2:1) My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(1 John 2:2) He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Also a very similar message is given in these two verses in 1 John chapter 4 how God loved us and sent Jesus to be a propitiation for our sins
(1 John 4:9) In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
(1 John 4:10) In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And here is this passage in 1 John 5 which reinforces the 1 Timothy passage well, stating the power of prayer but also the gospel message of how it is necessary to have the Son of God to have eternal life.
(1 John 5:5) Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
(1 John 5:6) This is he who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
(1 John 5:7) For there are three that testify:
(1 John 5:8) the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
(1 John 5:9) If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
(1 John 5:10) Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
(1 John 5:11) And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
(1 John 5:12) Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
(1 John 5:13) I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
(1 John 5:14) And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
(1 John 5:15) And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Here is a message from Jude to build ourselves in the live of God for the mercy of Jeus leading to eternal life
(Jude 1:20) But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
(Jude 1:21) keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
Here Jesus Himself says that He is the only way to Heaven and the Father and in so doing avoid hell that Jesus Himself spoke of
(John 14:6) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
But Jesus also makes it clear in Revelation that He indeed is seeking people always
(Revelation 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
The verses in Romans ten state how we are to be saved, believing the word which is near to us, to hear it then confess Jesus as Lord and believe God has raised Him from the dead- in that is our key to salvation
(Romans 10:8) But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
(Romans 10:9) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:10) For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
(Romans 10:11) For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."
(Romans 10:12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
(Romans 10:13) For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
(Romans 10:14) How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
(Romans 10:15) And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"
(Romans 10:16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?"
(Romans 10:17) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Now those people are now a new creation in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come
And also at peace with God being justified by faith
(Romans 5:1) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 5:2) Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
These two verses promise no condemnation with those in Jesus
(Romans 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 8:2) For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death
Then it also asks if God is for us then who or what can be against us, in these verses towards the end of Romans chapter 8
(Romans 8:31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:32) He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
(Romans 8:33) Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
(Romans 8:34) Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(Romans 8:35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
(Romans 8:36) As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
(Romans 8:37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
And nothing can now separate us from the love of God in Jesus, either
(Romans 8:38) For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
(Romans 8:39) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am sure you have now seen enough now to be ready to pray to be saved. I am now including a short prayer that you can say to ensure that you are saved and have eternal life when you die, going to heaven to be with Jesus forever and not end up going to hell.
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
God bless you and yours