“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

You gotta love these disciples! Jesus teaches them and lead then around Galilee and Capernaum. They watch and listen to him preach and try to educate the Pharisees and Sadducees. He tells them if you have seen and know him, you have seen and known the Divine, and vis versa. He is arrested, questioned and tortured, all the while proclaiming that he is a different type of king. He dies, rises from the dead and continues to teach them that it is now a new and different way of believing . . . . . and they ask, is this NOW when the Jews will be restored to the way it was?!

“He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” (Verse 7)

Rather than rebuking them, however, he simply says that the timing of things is not theirs to know. Soon enough the Holy Presence would be settled upon them, and they would understand much better what Jesus purpose was in coming to the earth, and why the Divine had sent him.

“But 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.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.” (Verses 8 – 9)

And that . . . . was that!

“While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 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.” (Verses 10 – 11)

Now, does this mean that Jesus will descend on a cloud? No, beloved reader. I think what it means is that the coming/return of Jesus will be just as unfathomable as when he left. No one will know the timing – it will simply just happen.

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.” (Verses 12 – 14)

I can well imagine some of their prayers were “help us to understand what happened!” The way the writer of Acts puts it, the disciples did not seem to have a firm handle yet of what Jesus’ ministry meant for them.

And that may be a question for us, beloved reader. As I have mentioned recently, I am currently reading reflections and meditation on the season of Lent and Easter. It is interesting to read (and some what reassuring) that the different writers have differing perspectives on Jesus, his suffering, his death and resurrection, and the hope of what is to come. Reassuring, because was somewhat fearful that there would be a large and overwhelming consensus, which would jostle my faith and spiritual ideas. Not that it would further my thinking and understanding but would make me feel like a “ninny” for having such “obvious” misguided faith! Yes, beloved reader, the Divine has patience with me too! I am finding the writings a blessing, and once in a while feel confident to “say” to the writers, I do not agree with you.

Beloved reader, may you find that the Divine has patience with you wherever you are in your faith. And may you feel the blessing of the Lord God. Selah!