After His resurrection Jesus continued on this planet in His spiritual body for an additional 40 days. This puts His Ascension at 10 days prior to the Feast of Pentecost. One can hardly imagine the exhilaration, enthusiasm and sheer ecstacy that must have existed as the Apostles were awaiting "power form on high" in Jerusalem that Sunday.

     It is interesting to go back and review the importance of 40 through out God's dealings with His people. Othniel, Deborah and Barak, and Gideon, each judged Israel 40 years. Ehud judged Israel two times, 40 years each. Eli, Saul, David and Solomon each reigned 40 years.

     Forty is prominent through out the Bible. When Noah built the ark, it rained 40 days; Moses fled at 40, and was in the mount 40 days. Israel, after leaving Egypt wandered 40 years. The spies were 40 days in Canaan. Elijah fasted 40 days. Ninevah was given 40 days grace. Jesus fasted 40 days.

     In almost every case, if not all, every event involving "40", whether it was days or years, marked a life changing event; such as the flood, Christ's ascension, the launching of Christ's ministry, etc.

     It was about 40 years after Christ's ascension, that the Roman army, guided by Titus Caesar began the siege of Jerusalem. The Roman army numbered 30,000, the Jewish Army about 24,000. The city was crowed with 600,000 visitors, as Titus had chosen to start the siege on the Day of the Passover in A.D. 70, according to Tacitus.

     Jesus' command had been preach the Gospel to all the world, first in Jerusalem, then Samaria, then the utter most parts of the world. On that day in A. D. 70, on the Day of the Feast of the Passover, God made them willing to go. Their place of "hanging out" was obliterated. God does not make us go against our will, He just makes us willing to go. 


       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 




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