“‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:8-10).
And with that, it was already different. Gone were those forty days with the resurrected Lord, who had walked in the midst of His people, revealing the defeat of death and the promise of the New Covenant. Jesus’s ascension into Heaven is a moment in the history of our faith that does not receive enough reflection. Yet, it is a pivotal moment because He continues to fulfill His promises, going to prepare a place for His people; to be the way, the truth, and the life, just as He once made clear to His disciples. Still, in that moment, Jesus spoke an important word, as important as any other that He has spoken, for He reminded those who followed Him that they were now to be His witnesses – living testimonies of the Gospel to their own city, to their surrounding neighbors, and eventually throughout the world.