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.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)

With these words, Christ ended his earthly ministry. As his disciples watched on, flabbergasted, Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving them behind. The disciples were so entranced by the sight of his departure, two angels were dispatched to tell them to stop standing around and get on with their mission. And “get on with it” they did.

So, the disciples went.

While remaining “disciples” – followers, students – they also were given the title of “Apostle” – messenger, one sent – along with several other notable early church leaders we will discuss on another day. They proclaimed Jesus – his life, death and resurrection – everywhere life and the Spirit carried them (literally, i