“Why Are You Standing Here?”
It was after Jesus had lived here, was crucified, was buried, was resurrected, and had appeared to many as evidence of His resurrection that the apostles stood looking upward as Jesus had ascended. They had become close to Him, they loved Him, they believed in Him, and NOW He was taken up from them.
As they stood there, two men appeared to them in white clothing and said: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11) It seems obvious to me that they still stood there in amazement! These messengers sent from God immediately after Jesus' ascension, point toward His return. Their question is -- WHY ARE YOU STANDING HERE?? The work they were to do as witnesses of Jesus, taking the gospel message of hope to a lost world was fast approaching.
We need to do the same ... We need to to amazed by all Jesus has done: His life, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father. We also need to be reminded that He is returning. Then ... we need to get busy with the work God has given us to do in His word. Let's do it!!