Disciple 2: That’s what he must mean by us being witnesses.
Commentator: The disciples were witnesses to the resurrection – they had seen Jesus, spoken with him, touched him. They could speak with authority because they knew from experience. Like them, we can speak of what we know of Jesus.
Disciple 1: It was jolly cold up there.
Disciple 2: Yeah.
Disciple1: All that cloud – unusual, wasn’t it?
Disciple 2: But I’ve been thinking… Remember Moses following God’s cloud in the desert? And the cloud in the temple when Solomon dedicated it?
Disciple1:The cloud of God’s presence…
Disciple2: So Jesus is now in the presence of the Father!
Disciples 1 and 2: ‘I and my Father are one!’
Commentator: Jesus had told them that he would go to be with his Father. Cloud was symbolic of the presence of God. Jesus was exalted by God.
Disciple2: The Jesus we lived with now has his rightful place in heaven.
Disciple 1: And us? How are we going to live without him?
Commentator: Not without him! Jesus promised that if he went he would send the Holy Spirit to be with the disciples. That is why they had to wait in Jerusalem. Following Jesus was never going to be easy; that is why they needed the power of the Spirit. So do we.
Disciple1: So, we’ve got to wait.
Disciple2: Hasn’t it been an amazing three years? Remember that first leper and the chap who came through the roof?
Disciple1: Jesus forgave and healed him; I can still see the look on his face.
Disciple2: And how he talked! Stories we’ll never forget!