Voce mea ad Dominum

Random thoughts from an amateur theologist.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

He ascended into heaven

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." - Acts 1:10-11

When I hear this passage from the Acts of the Apostles proclaimed, I always wonder if the disciples were startled at the sight of two men dressed in white conversing with them. I suppose at this point nothing would startle them after all they have been witnesses to the resurrected Christ, perhaps the most startling yet joyous thing imaginable.

I also used to think that this passage was basically angels saying, "Hey! Chop chop! Get to work!" Now I have expanded on that. It is normal for us to get caught up in the heavenly realm because that is our ultimate home, but the reality is that we must be firmly grounded in carrying out the Lord's work in our world as is his command.

It is because we know that humanity has been raised up and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Christ Jesus that we can joyfully work in his vineyard.


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