Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions.
With this post, I could end the series. But I decided to continue until we hit Acts 8 to chronicle the apostles’ time in Jerusalem. Enjoy.
One day, after spending about 40 days with Jesus, we were eating with him. While he was eating with us, he gave us this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
He continued, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
Jesus smiled, and like a door opening in my mind, I could understand all the scriptures as a whole and in detail. Everything I learned in my life made complete sense now.
I saw the looks of surprise on the faces of the others and realized Jesus must’ve opened our minds.
He told us, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Like Elijah and Elisha. Elijah went up to heaven in a chariot of fire, and Elisha was given a double portion of his power that God gave him.
Jesus got up, gestured for us to follow. We followed him to the vicinity of Bethany and he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I couldn’t believe what I saw next. He started to float up into the sky. We shouted questions, amazed. These three years have been like the weirdest, wildest, and best of my life.
Soon he was behind a cloud, out of sight. We were looking intently up into the sky to see if we could catch another glimpse, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside us.
I jumped back, startled.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
We looked at each other and turned back towards Jerusalem to wait.
“Where are we going?” I asked.
“The temple,” Peter said. “And to take care of some business while we wait for the Spirit.”
We worshiped Jesus and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.