The Message

Acts 1

To the Ends of the World

11-5 Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.”

When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?”

7-8 He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

9-11 These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, “You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left.”

Returning to Jerusalem

12-13 So they left the mountain called Olives and returned to Jerusalem. It was a little over half a mile. They went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place:

Peter,

John,

James,

Andrew,

Philip,

Thomas,

Bartholomew,

Matthew,

James, son of Alphaeus,

Simon the Zealot,

Judas, son of James.

14 They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus’ mother, Mary, and his brothers.

Replacing Judas

15-17 During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.

18-20 “As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms:

Let his farm become haunted
So no one can ever live there.

“And also what was written later:

Let someone else take over his post.

21-22 “Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”

23-26 They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.” They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Matendo Ya Mitume 1

1Mpendwa Teofilo, Katika Kitabu changu cha kwanza nilikuan dikia kuhusu mambo yote aliyotenda Yesu, hadi wakati alipopaa mbinguni. Kabla hajachukuliwa juu, aliwapa mitume wake maagizo kwa njia ya Roho Mtakatifu. Alijionyesha kwao akiwa hai muda wa siku arobaini baada ya kufufuka kwake. Akawahakikishia kwa njia nyingi ya kuwa ni yeye na akaongea nao kuhusu Ufalme wa Mungu.

Wakati mmoja alipokuwa nao, aliwapa amri hii, “Msiondoke Yerusalemu, mpaka mtakapopokea ahadi aliyotoa Baba, ambayo mmeni sikia nikiizungumzia. Kwa maana Yohana aliwabatiza kwa maji lakini baada ya siku chache mtabatizwa kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”

Yesu Apaa Mbinguni

Mitume walipokutana na Yesu walimwuliza, “Bwana, wakati huu ndipo utawarudishia Waisraeli ufalme ?”

Yesu akawaambia, “Si juu yenu kufahamu wakati na majira ambayo yamewekwa na Baba kwa mamlaka yake. Lakini mtapokea nguvu akishawajilia Roho Mtakatifu, nanyi mtakuwa mashahidi wangu katika Yerusalemu na Yudea yote na Samaria, hadi mwisho wa dunia.”

Baada ya kusema haya, wakiwa wanatazama, alichukuliwa juu, na wingu likamficha wasimwone tena. 10 Walikuwa bado wakikaza macho yao mawinguni alipokuwa akienda, ndipo ghafla, wanaume wawili waliovaa mavazi meupe walisimama karibu nao, 11 wakasema, “Ninyi watu wa Galilaya, mbona mnasimama hapa mkitazama mbin guni? Yesu huyu huyu aliyechukuliwa mbinguni atarudi tena kama mlivyomwona akienda mbinguni.”

12 Ndipo mitume waliporudi Yerusalemu kutoka mlima wa Mizeituni ulioko umbali wa kama kilometa moja kutoka mjini. 13 Walipoingia mjini Yerusalemu walikwenda katika chumba cha ghorofani walipokuwa wakiishi: Petro, Yohana, Yakobo na Andrea, Filipo, Tomaso, Bartholomayo na Mathayo, Yakobo mwana wa Alfayo na Simoni aliyeitwa Mzalendo, na Yuda mwana wa Yakobo.

14 Hawa wote waliamua kwa kauli moja kutumia muda wao wote kusali, wakiwa pamoja na wale akina mama, Mariamu mama yake Yesu pamoja na ndugu zake.

15 Ilikuwa ni katika siku hizo ambapo Petro alisimama kati ya waamini wote, watu wapatao mia moja na ishirini, 16 akasema, “Ndugu zangu, ilibidi Maandiko ambayo Roho Mtakatifu alitabiri kupitia kwa Daudi kumhusu Yuda aliyewaongoza wale waliomkamata Yesu, yatimie. 17 Yuda alikuwa mmoja wetu, kwa maana na yeye alichaguliwa ashiriki katika huduma hii.” 18 Yuda alinunua shamba kwa zile fedha alizopata kutokana na uovu wake na akiwa huko shambani alianguka kifudifudi akapasuka na matumbo yote yakatoka nje. 19 Kila mkazi wa Yerusalemu alisikia habari hizi, kwa hiyo wakapaita mahali hapo kwa lugha yao, Akeldama, yaani ‘shamba la Damu.’ 20 Kama ilivyoandikwa katika kitabu cha Zab uri, ‘Mahali pake pasiwe na kitu wala asiwepo mtu atakayekaa hapo,’ na, ‘Nafasi yake ichukuliwe na mwingine.”’

Mathiya Achaguliwa

21 “Kwa hiyo inatubidi tumchague mtu mwingine kati ya wale ambao wamekuwa pamoja nasi 22 tangu wakati Yesu alipobatizwa na Yohana mpaka siku aliyochukuliwa mbinguni. Mmoja wao inabidi aun gane nasi kama shahidi wa ufufuo wa Yesu.”

23 Wakapendekeza majina ya watu wawili. Yusufu, aitwaye Barsaba, pia alijulikana kama Yusto, na Mathiya. 24 Wakaomba, “Bwana ujuaye mioyo ya watu wote, tunakuomba utuonyeshe ni yupi kati ya hawa wawili uliyemchagua 25 achukue nafasi ya huduma na utume ambayo Yuda aliiacha akaenda panapomstahili.”

26 Kisha wakapiga kura na Mathiya akachaguliwa. Basi akain gizwa katika kundi la wale mitume kumi na mmoja.