I am struck by the question of the two mysterious visitors dressed in white—“Why do you stand here looking into the sky?”
How strange… Jesus has miraculously levitated off the mountaintop and is disappearing into the sky. Who wouldn’t look at that? Why look? It’s a miracle (that is why).
There’s another factor for consideration. This is Jesus’ rite of passage. He has completed this stage of his earthly ministry and power will now change hands. Those observing from the ground are facing the dilemma of not having Jesus on hand as their guide.
As Jesus’ ascends, Jesus diminishes. There are times when God seems more distant or that he is less present than previously. What do we do when we observe Jesus getting smaller?
The mysterious messengers reassure that as miraculously as he departs, he will return. Jesus is raptured to Heaven, but will not be staying there. The focus for Jesus is now on coming back.
Secondly, the Holy Spirit is coming to empower believers to join in Jesus’ mission to save the world in every way. Time to stop gazing at the sky and start looking where God is looking—the restoration of the world.