This Is Where The Ascension of Jesus Into Heaven Took Place

This Is Where The Ascension of Jesus Into Heaven Took Place

All the events in the life of Jesus occurred in a specific locations in the Holy Land. For many of the events that happened we know exactly where they occurred, while for others we only have local oral traditions backing them up.

Coming to the case of the ascension of Jesus into Heaven, the Bible mentions the name of the mountain where the apostles witnessed the miraculous event.

However, St. Luke narrates in the Acts of the Apostles how the disciples of Jesus gathered together and asked him a question. After Jesus spoke the final words, “as they were gazing on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).

After a little while, St. Luke says, “they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away” (Acts 1:12). If you can remember, this is the same “Mount of Olives” where Jesus experienced his “agony in the garden” before being arrested and taken into custody.

But, according to The Golden Legend , a medieval manuscript that contains various traditions, says that the mountain possessed some remarkable symbolism.

On the first note, remember that Jesus rose to heaven from the Mount of Olives, out toward Bethany. This particular mountain, following another translation, was however, called the Mount of Three Lights, because counting from the west the light from the Temple fell upon it by night, for a fire burned continually on the altar; and in the morning it caught the sun’s rays from the east before they reached the city; and the hill’s olive trees produced a plentiful supply of oil, one that feeds light.

Also, even local traditions claim to know the exact spot where Jesus ascended.
Regarding the place from which the ascension of Jesus Christ took place, Sulpicius, bishop of Jerusalem, explains, and the Gloss also says, that when a church was later built there, the spot where Christ had stood could never be covered with pavement; and even more than that, the marble slabs placed there burst upwards splashing into the faces of those who were laying them.

Sulpicius further explains that footmarks in the dust there prove that the Lord had stood on that spot: the footprints comes out to be discernible and the ground still retains the depressions his feet had left.

Nevertheless the veracity of this last story, it goes on to drive home the point that Jesus was truly on this earth and his presence remains with us, even after the ascension.

For we Catholics, we strongly believe that his presence is within the consecrated host at Mass, which fulfills the words of Jesus that, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

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