PETER ON THE FIRST ASCENSION DAY
Richard B Gillion
NARR You won't find this story in the bible, because it probably
never happened. Jesus has ascended to heaven. The
disciples are making their way down the Mount of Olives back
to Jerusalem, but Peter is left behind.
PETER Well you've left us for sure this time, Jesus. I don't even
know whether you can hear me or whether I'm talking to thin
NARR 'I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask
in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
You may ask me for anything.'
PETER Yes, I remember what you said. I guess you must be able to
hear me then.
It seems such a pity that your ministry was so short. There
are still a lot of people who need to be shown that your
kingdom is near.
NARR 'I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do
what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than
these, because I am going to the Father.'
PETER But how will we remember all that you have said? You know
how many times you had to tell us some of it.
NARR 'The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send
in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of
everything I have said to you.'
PETER Itís still a tall order, doing the same works and greater.
How will we have the power to do all that?
NARR 'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'
PETER Good, what a relief. I suppose I'd better go and get a
committee together to think up some ideas and get going.
There's no time to lose if we are to go to the ends of the
earth. I don't even know where the ends of the earth are.
NARR '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.'
PETER All the same, it will feel very different doing it without
NARR 'Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'
PETER Great! This calls for rejoicing. If I set off now I can
overtake the others and be the first to the temple. That
way I'll get to choose the first psalm. Goodbye Jesus.
Sorry ó I mean 'Amen.'
I wonder whether the Holy Spirit really will remind us of
everything Jesus said?
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