So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But 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. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Can you imagine the shock on the disciples' faces as they watched Jesus lifted up and disappear into a cloud. This totally took them by surprise because they were expecting Jesus to restore the Kingdom to Israel. Their minds were on earthly answers and physical kingdoms. The dreams of a restored Israel disappeared with Jesus in the clouds. To these Jesus spoke of a heavenly kingdom and of spiritual power.
Jesus also speaks about how they will be his witnesses when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Over the years I have got the impression from some folks that the word witness is a verb rather than a noun.. it is something you do rather than the person who you are. In truth our lives witness to the influence that the Holy Spirit has in our lives. When his influence is weak we witness a life of worry and fear. When it is strong we witness to something else.
I need you Lord. Help my life witness to the power of the Holy Spirit.