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.
Yesu Atwalibwa mu Ggulu
11:1 a Luk 1:1-4 b Luk 3:23Mu kitabo ekyasooka, munnange Teefiro, nakutegeeza ebintu byonna okuva Yesu lwe yatandika okukola emirimu gye n’okuyigiriza, 21:2 a nny 9, 11; Mak 16:19 b Mat 28:19, 20 c Mak 6:30 d Yk 13:18okutuusa ku lunaku lwe yatwalibwa mu ggulu ng’amaze okuwa abatume be, be yalonda, ebiragiro ku bwa Mwoyo Mutukuvu. 31:3 Mat 28:17; Luk 24:34, 36; Yk 20:19, 26; 21:1, 14; 1Ko 15:5-7Mu nnaku amakumi ana ezaddirira, Yesu yalabikira abatume nga mulamu era n’abakakasa mu ngeri nnyingi, era buli lwe yabalabikiranga ng’ayogera nabo ku bigambo by’obwakabaka bwa Katonda. 41:4 Luk 24:49; Yk 14:16; Bik 2:33Awo bwe yali ng’alya nabo ekijjulo n’abalagira baleme kuva mu Yerusaalemi naye balindirire ekisuubizo kya Kitaawe. Yagamba nti, “Ekyo kye mwawulira nga mbagamba nti, 5‘Yokaana yabatiza na mazzi, naye mmwe mujja kubatizibwa na Mwoyo Mutukuvu mu nnaku si nnyingi.’ ”
61:6 Mat 17:11Awo bwe baali bakuŋŋaanye ne bamubuuza nti, “Mukama waffe, mu kiseera kino mw’onooddizaawo obwakabaka bwa Isirayiri?”
71:7 Mat 24:36Naye Yesu n’abaddamu nti, “Okumanya entuuko oba ebiro si kyammwe, kitange kye yateekateeka mu buyinza bwe. 81:8 a Bik 2:1-4 b Luk 24:48 c Bik 8:1-25 d Mat 28:19Naye muliweebwa amaanyi, Mwoyo Mutukuvu bw’alimala okubakkako, era munaabanga bajulirwa bange mu Yerusaalemi, ne mu Buyudaaya yonna, ne mu Samaliya okutuukira ddala ku nkomerero z’ensi.”
91:9 nny 2Bwe yamala okwogera ebigambo ebyo, ekire ne kimutwala waggulu nga balaba.
101:10 Luk 24:4; Yk 20:12Awo bwe baali nga batunula enkaliriza mu ggulu ng’agenda, amangwago abasajja babiri nga bambadde engoye enjeru ne balabika, 111:11 a Bik 2:7 b Mat 16:27ne boogera nti, “Abasajja Abagaliraaya, lwaki muyimiridde wano nga mutunula waggulu mu ggulu? Yesu oyo abaggiddwako n’atwalibwa mu ggulu, agenda kukomawo mu ngeri y’emu nga bwe mumulabye ng’agenda mu ggulu.”
121:12 a Luk 24:52 b Mat 21:1Ne bakomawo e Yerusaalemi okuva ku lusozi oluyitibwa olwa Zeyituuni, oluli okumpi ne Yerusaalemi, ng’olugendo olutambulwa ku Ssabbiiti. 131:13 a Bik 9:37; 20:8 b Mat 10:2-4; Mak 3:16-19; Luk 6:14-16Ne balaga mu kisenge ekya waggulu mu nnyumba mwe baali basula, era be bano:
Peetero, ne Yokaana ne Yakobo, ne Andereya,
ne Firipo ne Tomasi,
ne Battolomaayo, ne Matayo,
ne Yakobo, omwana wa Alufaayo, ne Simooni eyayitibwanga “Omuzerote1:13 Omuzerote Abazerote be baayeekeranga gavumenti y’Abaruumi mu biro ebyo”, ne Yuda, omwana wa Yakobo.
141:14 a Bik 2:42; 6:4 b Luk 23:49, 55 c Mat 12:46Abo bonna ne beeweerayo ddala n’omutima gumu okusaba wamu n’abakazi ne Maliyamu nnyina Yesu ne baganda ba Yesu.
Matiya Asikira Yuda
15Awo mu nnaku ezo, Peetero n’ayimirira wakati mu booluganda abaali bakuŋŋaanye nga bawera nga kikumi mu abiri, n’ayogera nti, 161:16 a nny 20 b Yk 13:18“Abasajja abooluganda, ebyawandiikibwa ku Yuda eyakulembera ekibiina ekyakwata Yesu byali biteekwa okutuukirira; kubanga ekyo Mwoyo Mutukuvu yali yakitegeeza dda bwe yayogerera mu Dawudi. 171:17 a Yk 6:70, 71 b nny 25Yuda yali omu ku ffe, era n’aweebwa omugabo gw’obuweereza buno.”
181:18 a Mat 26:14, 15 b Mat 27:3-10Empeera gye yafuna mu butali butuukirivu bwe, yagigulamu ennimiro, era omwo mwe yagwa n’ayabika n’ebyenda bye ne biyiika. 19Amawulire ago ne gatuuka ku bantu ab’omu Yerusaalemi, era ennimiro eyo ne bagituuma Akerudama mu lulimi lwabwe, amakulu nti, Ennimiro y’Omusaayi!
201:20 a Zab 69:25 b Zab 109:8“Kubanga kyawandiikibwa mu Zabbuli nti,
“ ‘Ekibanja kye kizike,
so kireme okubeerangamu omuntu.’
‘N’obuvunaanyizibwa bwe buweebwe omulala.’
21Noolwekyo kigwanye okulonda omuntu mu bantu abaayitanga naffe mu biro byonna, eyayingiranga n’afuluma wamu naffe nga tuli ne Mukama waffe Yesu, 221:22 a Mak 1:4 b nny 8okuviira ddala ku kubatiza kwa Yokaana okutuusa lwe yatwalibwa mu ggulu, alyoke abeere omujulirwa ow’okuzuukira kwe awamu naffe.”
23Awo ne balonda abasajja babiri, omu nga ye Yusufu (eyayitibwanga Balusaba ate era nga ye Yusito), n’owokubiri nga ye Matiya. 241:24 a Bik 6:6; 14:23 b 1Sa 16:7; Yer 17:10; Bik 15:8; Kub 2:23Ne balyoka basaba ne bagamba nti, “Ayi Mukama, gw’omanyi emitima gy’abantu bonna, tulage gw’olonze ku bantu bano ababiri, 25okubeera mu baweereza buno n’okubeera omutume mu kifo kya Yuda eyatwawukanako n’alaga mu kifo kye ekimusaanira.” 261:26 Bik 2:14Oluvannyuma ne bakuba akalulu, ne kagwa ku Matiya, n’agattibwa ku batume ekkumi n’omu.