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why are you looking up?

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set 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, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:1-11, NRSV)

Why are you looking up?

We are looking up because you just told us that He was going to come back the same way He left us. So that means He will come down out of the sky, right?

Well maybe, but I think the question comes from the angel because Jesus just told them, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

So why are you looking up, you have work to do!

We can not be standing around waiting for Jesus to come back, we need to be about the business He set us to.

So go and be His witness, and know you will not miss Him when He comes back!

 

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In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set 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, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:1-11, NRSV)

I always loved the question from the angels here: “why do you stand looking up towards heaven?”

Well actually, Jesus was just here talking to us, which in itself is a miracle considering He was dead, but now as He was talking He started floating up into the air! why would we not be watching Him float away!

This would really get me going though. I mean we just saw Him killed 40 days ago, and since then He has been retelling us all the stuff He told us before His death, and now here He goes again!

So this is what set the world on fire, 11 men who didn’t get it and now in 40 days are the ones who deliver the message to the world with zeal and conviction. Would we have had the same reaction?

 

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When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. (Acts 1:9-14, NRSV)

I always find the question of vers 11 a little humorous, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?”

Well Jesus was just taken from us that way. We kind of watched Him leave…

I mean after everything else that happened, I would really be wondering. Jesus was recently killed on the cross, and then He rose from the dead, and now here He goes again doing something, He told us would happen yet, unexpected.

But after this, rather than being locked in a room, they are together, devoted to prayer and mutual consolation. They are doing mutual care and consolation of the saints!

So know that even though Jesus was taken from us, He is always with us, where ever 2 or more are gathered…

 

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