May 22 Edevotional
10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 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.”
Jesus is gone and immediately angels appear, suddenly. I’ve read this passage many times before, but this morning this part of the story strikes me. It’s as if Jesus is never really gone. The same kind of spirit beings that announce Jesus’ birth–to Mary, the shepherds, Anna, Simeon–and John’s birth to Zachariah, and Jesus’ resurrection to Mary of Magdala, in dreams and visions, and in so many other stories in Scripture. It strikes me this morning that angels are announcing, proclaiming, appearing, telling, asking, and finding. Giving a word from God, revealing the way forward. Messengers, a kind of social media from the spiritual world in which we live and move, often there without our knowing it until moments when we are vulnerable. Or maybe moments when something new is about to happen, when God’s love is moving on ahead and I’m just standing there looking for something.
It is the Ascension of Jesus we remember this Sunday. That means Pentecost celebration is around the corner, a fresh revealing of the uncreated Spirit, the same Spirit hovering over the chaos of creation, in you and in me. The Angels tell the disciples to get moving, because God is on the move. It’s not the end of Jesus’ revelation. It is the beginning of a new way. Suddenly, this is a very safe universe. You have nothing to be afraid of. God is for you. God is leaping toward you! God is on your side, honestly more than you are on your own. God is on the move!