Gazing Up

Gazing Up

Acts 1:9-11: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (emph.added bh)

Could you imagine yourself watching the Son of God leaving this Earth and floating back into the Throne room of God. It must have been amazing; an awe-inspiring sight! As I try to wrap my thoughts around this idea, I find it very difficult. The Holy Word of God would give us proof of these thoughts. I can certainly understand why they were standing there. But, there is a question asked to grab their attention and bring them back into reality. The question is: Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?

As we explore this question, notice the question asked is used to remind them of a work that must happen. While the action of watching Jesus return to God was not sinful, if they remained there, it would have turned into a sinful practice. The reminder from the angels was that it was time for the future apostles to get to work. They must be “about their Father’s business.” The task on the docket is to establish God’s church in about 10 days. Just as they need to be about the business of the Kingdom, so do we. Let’s choose to be workers in 2024.

Also, the Disciples are reminded that Jesus will return some day. Because that is the fact, those men need to get to work. In like manner, we need to be reminded that we are closer every day to that faithful day of the return of Jesus. We want to be found faithful on that Final Day. Just as those men were reminded to get busy, so are we. Let’s choose to be workers in 2024.


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