Last Thursday was Ascension Day. This is what the Gospel writer Luke wrote:
9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 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).
Reading this triggers a couple of ‘lightweight’ questions:
1. I had always assumed that the clouds which both “took Jesus out of their sight”, and will bring Him back at the end of time, would be white (maybe some kind of cumulonimbus). However, I now wonder if it would be even more dramatic if He used of the clouds and lighting effects that saw last night? Or maybe we wont even notice as His glory outshines that of all his creation!
2. Were the “two men stood by them in white robes” the same two men described by Luke at the empty tomb (Luke 24)? They were presumably angels, but did they roll their eyes a little when God told them to go and ask the disciples ‘why’ – again?