What do you think about the people in the Bible? Do you think they are always right and holy and better than you have ever been? If so, perhaps you have not noticed just how many mistakes the disciples can make. In the Ascension story in Acts 1:6-14, they make two mistakes that you and I could make as well. I have already made the first one, perhaps many times, asking questions that have no answers.
They ask Jesus about timing of future events. Was he going to restore Israel to power today? They were still hoping for a military and earthly victory and wanted to know when it would occur. When is Rome to be overthrown? When is the end of the world?
Jesus tells the disciples and us to not worry. This is the Father’s business. As much as we might love disaster films and conspiracy theories, we are wise if we enjoy them as fiction.
The second mistake the disciples make is not doing anything. They stand looking up into the clouds after Jesus has gone. Perhaps they are stunned, confused, full of more questions, or perhaps they are wondering if he will come back. Two men in bright white clothes, perhaps angels, tell them to be on their way.
We have also seen how people can spend a lifetime in church and Sunday School, hearing the scriptures, yet not doing anything about it. They do not allow the scriptures to change them so that they can show God’s love to the world. It is not enough to know the good news and know where Jesus has been in our lives. We need to pray to know how to reach out to others. And, then we need to do it.
Like the first disciples, we too, can make mistakes. And, like them, we can move on and do something with our lives.