6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But 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.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They 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 1:6-11, NRSV)
We are looking up because Jesus is going up is always the answer I want to give when the men ask why the disciples are looking up, and then continue and because you just said he would return the way he went, so I’m watching for him to come back.
And is that how we should always be looking?
Should we be watching the sky, so we will see Jesus when he is coming? Is that what the life of the disciple is supposed to be? Waiting and watching for Jesus?
Actually no, because Jesus told the disciples here, before he ascended, that they would be his witness to all the world when they received the spirit. We are to be the witnesses to Jesus in the world. Not waiting and watching, but going and telling.
So go and tell.