Christ’s ascension reminds us that his resurrection was not the end of the story. At his ascension, Jesus initiates the next chapter of God’s unfolding revolution of grace in a qualitatively new way, and gives a commission to his followers to spread the good news. The disciples would have work to do. Lots of it! They would have a sense of urgency, but were not to rush. The risen Christ would empower them for their mission. First, a time of waiting, prayer, and listening was needed to help prepare them for the uncharted territory they faced.