For the next 40 days, Jesus appeared to many of the men and women who had believed in him. One time, he appeared to 500 people. They all saw him at the same time. And Jesus told them many things.

On one of those days, he reminded them what the prophets, like Isaiah, had said about him. He told them, “Because I died and came back to life, you will be my witnesses. And you will take the message that God will forgive sins to the whole world. You will have power that will come from God’s Spirit.”

Another time, Jesus told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and God’s Spirit. Teach them to do all of the things that I have taught you. And I will always be with you.”

Then Jesus led them out of the city. And, while he was blessing them, he went up into the sky. As they watched, he went into the clouds and they could not see him.

And they were all looking up, trying to see him. All at once, two angels appeared. The angels said, “Why are you staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken into heaven. And, one day, he will return in the same way you saw him go.”