12.5.5 Ascension Day

Jesus Christ referred to His return to the Father in various ways (John 3: 13; 16: 28; 20: 17). On the fortieth day after Easter, He, together with His Apostles, went to the mount called Olivet and gave them instructions for their mission. Then "He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." From two angels the Apostles received the promise: "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven" (Acts 1: 3-11). This promise is also reflected in the New Apostolic Creed: "I believe that the Lord Jesus will return as sure as he ascended to heaven."