After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.”
Man, it’s a good thing I’m not an angel because I would prank the snot out of people if I were one. I would likely be an angel of the smart aleck variety…similar to these two in Acts 1:11. While descriptions of angels are usually more enigmatic when they are observed in the heavenly realm, they appear more relatable when they speak to people on earth in the biblical narrative. For example, Isaiah and Ezekiel saw angels in God’s heavenly throne room whose very anatomies were symbolic in nature and less structurally designed to aesthetically accommodate the physical needs brought on by our physical universe, these two angels appear dressed in white. Mary from Magdala saw two angels dressed in white when she came to Jesus’ empty tomb in John 20:12. “Men of Galilee,” the angels in Acts 1 ask, indicating that they knew all about the disciples, “why do you stand looking up into heaven?” Angels have a unique perspective. They see God and they see you. I would bet that angels get frustrated with us. They likely look to us as we struggle, then look to our omnipotent God on His throne and wonder why we don’t pray more often.
Just as Jesus ascended to heaven, He will one day come down from heaven. Revelation 1:5b-8 reads, “To him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. So it is to be. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Would angels be frustrated with you for believing too little about God, or not praying enough?
Pray: Step outside to see the clouds, then give an honest, “Amen,” to the prospect of Jesus’ return.