Jesus had a job for his disciples to do. They were to preach to all the
world, starting at Jerusalem (Luke 24:45-49). Their message was to be one
of hope -- Jesus had died and was alive again, if people repented he could
forgive their sins.
After giving these instructions Jesus led his disciples to a place near
Bethany, a village on the Mount of Olives (Luke 24:50) Read how he left
them in Acts 1:1-11.
The promise in verse 11 is an important one. Jesus was now immortal,
but he was not yet King ruling over the land of Israel. Jesus has to come
back again for that to happen.
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