Jesus Is Taken Up Into Heaven
1Theophilus, I wrote about Jesus in my earlier book. I wrote about all he did and taught 2until the day he was taken up to heaven. Before Jesus left, he gave orders to the apostles he had chosen. He did this through the Holy Spirit. 3After his suffering and death, he appeared to them. In many ways he proved that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of 40 days. During that time he spoke about God’s kingdom. 4One day Jesus was eating with them. He gave them a command. “Do not leave Jerusalem,” he said. “Wait for the gift my Father promised. You have heard me talk about it. 5John baptized with water. But in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and asked him a question. “Lord,” they said, “are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?”
7He said to them, “You should not be concerned about times or dates. The Father has set them by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.”
9After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight.
10While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go.”
Matthias Is Chosen to Take the Place of Judas Iscariot
12The apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives. It is just over half a mile from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Here is a list of those who were there.
Peter, John, James and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew,
James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James
14They all came together regularly to pray. The women joined them too. So did Jesus’ mother Mary and his brothers.
15In those days Peter stood up among the believers. About 120 of them were there. 16Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, a long time ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David. He spoke about Judas Iscariot. What the Scripture said would happen had to come true. Judas was the guide for the men who arrested Jesus. 17But Judas was one of us. He shared with us in our work for God.”
18Judas bought a field with the payment he received for the evil thing he had done. He fell down headfirst in the field. His body burst open. All his insides spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this. So they called that field Akeldama. In their language, Akeldama means the Field of Blood.
20Peter said, “Here is what is written in the Book of Psalms. It says,
“ ‘May his home be deserted.
May no one live in it.’ (Psalm 69:25)
The Psalms also say,
“ ‘Let someone else take his place as leader.’ (Psalm 109:8)
21So we need to choose someone to take his place. It will have to be a man who was with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us. 22That time began when John was baptizing. It ended when Jesus was taken up from us. The one we choose must join us in telling people that Jesus rose from the dead.”
23So they suggested the names of two men. One was Joseph, who was called Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias. 24Then the believers prayed. They said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen. 25Show us who should take the place of Judas as an apostle. He gave up being an apostle to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots. Matthias was chosen. So he was added to the 11 apostles.
Jesũ Kuoywo Athiĩ Igũrũ
11:1 Luk 1:1-4Thĩinĩ wa ibuku rĩakwa rĩa mbere, wee Theofilo-rĩ, nĩndakwandĩkĩire maũndũ mothe marĩa Jesũ aambĩrĩirie gwĩka na kũrutana 21:2 Math 28:19, 20; Mar 16:19nginya mũthenya ũrĩa oirwo agĩtwarwo igũrũ thuutha wa kũhe atũmwo arĩa aathuurĩte mawatho na ũndũ wa Roho Mũtheru. 31:3 Math 28:17; Mar 1:4Thuutha wa kũnyariirĩka gwake, akĩĩonania kũrĩ andũ acio na akĩheana imenyithia nyingĩ cia kuonania atĩ aarĩ muoyo. Nĩamoimĩrĩire ihinda rĩa mĩthenya mĩrongo ĩna, na akĩaria ũhoro ũkoniĩ ũthamaki wa Ngai. 41:4 Luk 24:49; Joh 14:16Hĩndĩ ĩmwe, rĩrĩa aarĩĩanagĩra nao, nĩamathire, akĩmeera atĩrĩ: “Mũtikoime Jerusalemu, no etererai kĩheo kĩrĩa Ithe witũ eeranĩire, o kĩrĩa inyuĩ mwanaigua ngĩaria ũhoro wakĩo. 51:5 Mar 1:4Nĩgũkorwo Johana aabatithanagia na maaĩ, no inyuĩ mũrĩbatithio na Roho Mũtheru mĩthenya mĩingĩ ĩtaanathira.”
6Nĩ ũndũ ũcio rĩrĩa maagomanire hamwe makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Mwathani, ihinda rĩĩrĩ nĩrĩo ũgũcookeria andũ a Isiraeli ũthamaki wao?”
71:7 Gũcook 29:29; Math 24:36Nake akĩmeera atĩrĩ: “Ti ũhoro wanyu kũmenya ciathĩ o na kana mahinda marĩa Ithe witũ atuĩte na ũhoti wake mwene. 81:8 Atũm 2:1-4; Luk 24:48No nĩmũrĩheo hinya rĩrĩa Roho Mũtheru arĩũka igũrũ rĩanyu; na inyuĩ nĩmũgatuĩka aira akwa thĩinĩ wa Jerusalemu, na Judea guothe, na Samaria, na nginya ituri ciothe cia thĩ.”
91:9 Atũm 1:2Aarĩkia kuuga ũguo, akĩoywo na igũrũ o meroreire, narĩo itu rĩkĩmũhumbĩra magĩtiga kũmuona rĩngĩ.
101:10 Joh 20:12O hĩndĩ ĩyo maikarĩte macũthĩrĩirie mũno akĩambata matu-inĩ-rĩ, o rĩmwe andũ eerĩ mehumbĩte nguo njerũ makĩrũgama o hau maarĩ. 11Makĩmooria atĩrĩ, “Andũ aya a Galili,1:11 Arutwo a Jesũ othe moimĩte Galili tiga o Judasi, no hĩndĩ ĩno nĩeyũragĩte. mũrũgamĩte haha mũcũthĩrĩirie igũrũ nĩkĩ? Jesũ o ro ũcio, ũrĩa weherio harĩ inyuĩ aatwarwo igũrũ-rĩ, agaacooka o ro ũguo mwamuona agĩthiĩ.”
Mathia Gũthuurwo Acooke Ithenya rĩa Judasi
121:12 Luk 24:52; Arom 7:1Hĩndĩ ĩyo magĩcooka Jerusalemu moimĩte Kĩrĩma-inĩ kĩa Mĩtamaiyũ,1:12 Kĩrĩma gĩkĩ kĩarĩ gatagatĩ ka Jerusalemu na Bethania. Ayahudi matietĩkĩrĩtio gũthiĩ rũgendo rũraihu mũthenya wa Thabatũ. mũigana wa rũgendo rũrĩa rũngĩathiirwo mũthenya wa Thabatũ kuuma itũũra inene. 131:13 Atũm 9:37; 20:8; Luk 6:14-16Rĩrĩa maakinyire, makĩambata nyũmba ya igũrũ ĩrĩa maikaraga. Nao andũ arĩa maarĩ ho maarĩ Petero, na Johana, na Jakubu na Anderea; Filipu na Toma, na Baritholomayo na Mathayo; Jakubu mũrũ wa Alufayo, na Simoni Mũzelote, na Judasi mũrũ wa Jakubu. 141:14 Atũm 2:42; Luk 23:49, 55Othe makĩnyiitanĩra hamwe, makĩrũmanĩrĩria kũhooya, hamwe na atumia, na Mariamu nyina wa Jesũ, o na ariũ a nyina na Jesũ.
15Na rĩrĩ, matukũ-inĩ macio Petero akĩrũgama gatagatĩ-inĩ ka andũ arĩa meetĩkĩtie (gĩkundi kĩa andũ ta igana rĩa mĩrongo ĩĩrĩ), 16akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, Maandĩko no nginya mangĩahingire marĩa Roho Mũtheru aaririe tene na kanua ka Daudi ũhoro ũkoniĩ Judasi, ũrĩa watongoririe andũ arĩa maanyiitire Jesũ. 171:17 Joh 6:70, 71Aarĩ ũmwe witũ na nĩagwatanagĩra na ithuĩ ũtungata-inĩ ũyũ.”
181:18 Math 26:14, 15; Math 27:3-10(Judasi nĩagũrire gĩthaka na kĩheo kĩrĩa aamũkĩrire nĩ ũndũ wa waganu wake. Nake akĩgũa gĩthaka-inĩ kĩu na mũnduru, nayo nda yake ĩgĩtathũka, namo mara mothe makiuma. 19Andũ othe a kũu Jerusalemu makĩigua ũhoro ũcio, na nĩ ũndũ ũcio magĩĩta gĩthaka kĩu na rũthiomi rwao Ekiladama, ũguo nĩ kuuga, Gĩthaka kĩa Thakame.)
201:20 Thab 69:25; Thab 109:8“Nĩgũkorwo nĩ kwandĩkĩtwo Ibuku-inĩ rĩa Thaburi atĩrĩ,
“ ‘Mũciĩ wake ũrokira ihooru;
kũroaga mũndũ wa gũtũũra kuo,’
ningĩ gũkaandĩkwo atĩrĩ,
“ ‘Ũtongoria wake ũrooywo nĩ mũndũ ũngĩ.’
21Nĩ ũndũ ũcio nĩ kwagĩrĩire gũthuurwo mũndũ ũmwe kuuma kũrĩ andũ arĩa makoretwo marĩ hamwe na ithuĩ ihinda rĩothe rĩrĩa Mwathani Jesũ aaceeraga na ithuĩ, 221:22 Mar 1:4; Luk 24:48kwambĩrĩria hĩndĩ ya ũbatithio wa Johana nginya hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Jesũ oirwo akĩambata akĩehera harĩ ithuĩ. Nĩgũkorwo mũndũ ũmwe wa aya no nginya atuĩke mũira hamwe na ithuĩ ũhoro-inĩ wa kũriũka gwake.”
23Nĩ ũndũ ũcio makĩrũgamia andũ eerĩ, Jusufu ũrĩa wetagwo Barasaba1:23 Barasaba nĩ kuuga “Mũrũ wa Thabatũ.” (na no oĩkaine ta Jusito), na Mathia. 241:24 Kũg 2:23; 1Sam 14:41Magĩcooka makĩhooya makiuga atĩrĩ, “Mwathani, wee nĩũũĩ ngoro ya mũndũ wothe. Tuonie nũũ wa aya eerĩ ũthuurĩte 25nĩguo oe ũtungata ũyũ wa gũtuĩka mũtũmwo, ũrĩa Judasi aatigire nĩguo athiĩ kũrĩa kũrĩ gwake.” 26Magĩcooka magĩcuuka mĩtĩ, naguo mũtĩ ũkĩgwĩra Mathia; nĩ ũndũ ũcio akĩongererwo harĩ atũmwo acio ikũmi na ũmwe.