468-469 : God Ascends To Heaven
AFTER these things, Jesus showed himself again to his disciples at the sea of Tiberias.
There were together Simon Peter and Thomas called Didymus and Nathanael of Cana,
and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, "I go a fishing." They said to him, "We also go with you."
So they went forth and entered a boat immediately.
They fished all night long and still caught nothing.
When the morning came, Jesus stood on the shore,
but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
He said to them, "Children, have you any food?"
"No," they answered him.
Then he said to them, "Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find fish."
They cast therefore and they were not able to draw the net for the catch of fish.
Therefore John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, said to Peter, "It is the Lord." And
Jesus appeared to his disciples for forty days,
speaking of things concerning the kingdom of God.
And while he was with them he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem,
but to wait there 'for a promise from the Father.
He said: "For John truly baptized with water,
but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
You shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,
and to the outermost parts of the earth."
Then Jesus led his disciples out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
And while they looked on, he was taken up and a cloud received him out of their sight.
While they looked steadily toward heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood beside them in white robes and said to them,
"You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven shall come again in the same way as
you have seen him go."
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.
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