Who saw the Ascension of Jesus Christ?


#1

All of the apostles it seems but what about Mary?

Thanks.


#2

Hi, Nelka!

While the passage itself does not tells us much (Acts 1:1-11) we find that the very next passage does expand on “who’s who:”

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:12-14)

Clearly, St. Mary’s presence in the inner circle of the Believers was common place–we can easily conclude that Mary was there!

Maran atha!

Angel


#3

Not necessarily. Matthew 28:16 says that eleven disciples went to the mountain where Jesus ascended.


#4

That Matthew fragment does not speak about the Ascension. It speaks about one of the post-Resurrection apparitions of Jesus in Galilee.


#5

According to Acts 1:1-11 only the apostles were present on Mount Olivet when Our Lord ascended into heaven.
Acts 1:2 apostles whom he had chosen.1:3 To them … 1:4 …with them… 1:6…when they… 1:7.,.He said to them… 1:9…as they were looking on, He was lifted up… 1:10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 1:11 and said, "Men of Galilee, …1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away; 1:13 and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. Note that verse 13 identifies by name who “they” were.


#6

What about the 500 people?

**1 Corinthians 15:3-6: "I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.

6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once,

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Also scripture says when he ascended an earthquake happened and many previously dead people were seen walking around, their graves had been opened up by the quake…? Surely an event like this would have been seen by much more people…right?


#7

This happened at the Crucifixion, not at the Ascension.


#8

Hi, Jacob!
I find it unlikely that only the Eleven would have taken part of this event, specially when the following passage expands this crucial encounter:

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:12-14)

For St. Mary and the other women to meet with the Eleven only for prayer would be like going to Mass but not receiving the Eucharist.

Remember, there was no Command for the Eleven to meet with Jesus in secrecy (in the absence of all other followers); and while they were still operating under the fear of being recognized and caught (jailed, beaten, killed), Mary and the other women had followed Jesus throughout His Ministry and at the moment of His Death and Burial… would the women not be remised of their Fellowship with Christ if they “chose” not to travel the extra “mile?” Further, would they not have provided a level security for the men (since having women in a group of men would make the group seem less threatening) as they moved about to the place where they would meet with Jesus?

Maran atha!

Angel


#9

Hi, Nita!
…the only problem with that is that it does not take into consideration that Scriptures does not include every single occurrence nor detailed Doctrinal information. The women, including St. Mary, were not part of the Twelve so they would not necessarily be spoken off as to give credence or to ascertain any development… there are moments when they are included, but not as the primary source/object (with the exception of Mary of Magdala who, not by intent, was the first to witness the Resurrection).

Maran atha!

Angel


#10

Hi, Mike!
…actually, the passage you’ve cited about the earthquake and the resurrection of some of God’s people took place at the moment of His Death (St. Matthew 27):

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 And some that stood there and heard, said: This man calleth Elias. 48 And immediately one of them running took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 And the others said: Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him. 50 And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent. 52 And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, 53 And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many. (St. Matthew 27:45-53)

Maran atha!

Angel


#11

The ascension weren’t proven if it weren’t proved. Correct?


#12

:confused:


#13

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