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Ascension of Christ
Jesus' ascension to heaven is portrayed in the Bible with an impressive scene: for 40 days after the resurrection, Jesus was with his disciples, then "he was lifted up before their eyes, and a cloud took him up, away from their eyes" (Acts 1, 11). This ascension explains where Jesus is now: with God his Father.
For with his death on the cross Jesus descended into the kingdom of the dead; on the third day rose again to the living and 40 days later lifted up into the kingdom of God.
His human nature thus finally enters into divine glory.
Ascension Day celebrates, 40 days after Easter, the farewell to his disciples and his arrival in the kingdom of God.
Celebrate Ascension in the family and in the community
In order to celebrate Ascension Day with your children at home or in the community, you will find pictures and texts from the two children's Bibles "Under God's wide sky" and "Come and rejoice with me".
In addition, we want to bring the biblical message of Christ's Ascension to life. Listen to the audio versions from the large audio Bible: In the translation of the Luther Bible, the texts are impressive and a masterpiece of linguistic expressiveness. The actor Rufus Beck read in the Luther Bible and turned the biblical texts into a listening experience.
The biblical texts read by Rufus Beck can be found in: The Large Luther Audible Bible 2017, © 2019 German Bible Society, Stuttgart
Celebrating Ascension Day with children
Texts and pictures for Ascension Day to be read aloud and retold.
- Under God's wide sky. Illustration: Dieter Konsek, text: Christiane Herrlinger, © Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart (ISBN: 978-3-438-04040-4)
- Come on, be happy with me. Illustrations: Rüdiger Pfeffer, text: Karin Jeromin and Mathias Jeschke, © Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart (ISBN; 978-3-438-04010-7)
Jesus goes to the Father
Over the next few days, Jesus kept coming to his disciples and talking to them.
Once they asked him: "Is the kingdom of God dawning now?"
Jesus replied, “Do not ask about the day and the hour. Instead, go and tell everyone about God: in Jerusalem, in the whole country and all over the world. Be my messengers and bring them the good news. God gives you the strength to do this: He will give you the Holy Spirit. Stay in Jerusalem and wait for it. "
Then Jesus led the disciples out of the city to the Mount of Olives. There he raised his hands and blessed them. And while he was still doing this, a cloud came and picked up Jesus so that they could no longer see him. He moved further and further away from them and was lifted up to heaven.
The disciples stared up as if spellbound.
Suddenly two men in white clothes were standing next to them. "Why are you standing here looking up?" They asked. “You can no longer see Jesus. He is with Heavenly Father now. But he will come back. "
When the disciples heard this promise, they found courage. They thanked God and returned to Jerusalem with joy. They stayed together from now on, praying and waiting for the Holy Spirit, as Jesus told them to do.
Under God's wide sky. Illustration: Dieter Konsek, text: Christiane Herrlinger, © Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart (ISBN: 978-3-438-04040-4)
Jesus goes to the Father
The disciples are all in Jerusalem together. They are happy about what their friends from Emmaus have said.
Suddenly Jesus himself is among them. All scare. But Jesus says: “Do not be afraid! People killed me. But God raised me from the dead. "
The disciples asked Jesus: "Are you now going to be king over Israel and the whole world?"
Jesus says, “A lot has to be done first. Goes to all countries in the world. Tell people that God loves them. Tell them about me. So you are my messengers. "
Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives with his disciples.
He says, “I'm going to God now. But I am always with you. I am sending you the Holy Spirit. It gives you strength and courage.
Go all over the world as my messengers. "
When Jesus said this, a cloud came and took him in. The disciples can no longer see Jesus. You stare up. Suddenly there are two angels. They say, “Why are you standing here looking up? Jesus is with God now, in heaven. He will come back sometime. Do what he told you to do. "
The disciples go back to Jerusalem.
Come on, be happy with me. Illustrations: Rüdiger Pfeffer, text: Karin Jeromin and Mathias Jeschke, © Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart (ISBN; 978-3-438-04010-7)
Ascension to Hear
Jesus goes to the Father (Acts 1, Luke 24)
From: Come on, enjoy yourself with me. Audio CD, © German Bible Society, Stuttgart (ISBN: 978-3-438-02262-2)
Interaction idea for children on Ascension Day
Suddenly Jesus disappeared before the eyes of the disciples. But Jesus has promised that he will always be with the disciples, even if they cannot see him. Can you imagine that?
Are there things that are there even though we cannot see or touch them?
It's like a ray of sunshine. A ray of sun is more than you see. You can feel that too. When a ray of sun falls on your skin, it becomes very warm. Can you imagine that there are so many colors included in this ray of light?
You can discover a colorful world of light and colors if you make a color telescope.
- an empty kitchen roll a piece of colored foil
- a piece of string or a rubber band
How to do it:
Spread glue around one end of the roll. Then stretch the film as smoothly as possible over the end with the adhesive. To make sure it stays in place, you tie the string around or fasten the whole thing with a rubber band. Your color telescope is ready.
With it you can see the world around you in a completely different way. Maybe you are making several telescopes in different colors at the same time?
The sky is not just where the clouds are. "That's heavenly," people say when they think something is beautiful. Heaven is also wherever God is. He is God's world, and if you trust God, you can discover heaven. Then God is very close. And that's beautiful.
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