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.
Kanisa La Kwanza
Ahadi Ya Roho Mtakatifu
11:1 Lk 1:14; 3:23Katika kitabu changu cha kwanza nilikuandikia, mpendwa Theofilo, kuhusu mambo yote Yesu aliyofanya na kufundisha tangu mwanzo, 21:2 Mk 16:19; 6:30; Mt 28:19-20; 10:1-4; Yn 13:18hadi siku ile alipochukuliwa kwenda mbinguni, baada ya kuwapa maagizo kupitia kwa Roho Mtakatifu wale mitume aliowachagua. 31:3 1Kor 15:5-7; Mt 28:17; Lk 24:39-43Baada ya mateso yake, alijionyesha kwao na kuwathibitishia kwa njia nyingi kwamba yeye yu hai. Katika muda wa siku arobaini baada ya kufufuka kwake aliwatokea na kunena kuhusu Ufalme wa Mungu. 41:4 Lk 24:49; Yn 14:16; Mdo 2:33Wakati mmoja alipokuwa pamoja nao, aliwapa amri hii, “Msitoke Yerusalemu, bali ingojeni ahadi ya Baba, ambayo mmenisikia nikisema habari zake. 51:5 Mk 1:4, 8; Mt 3:11; Mdo 11:16; 19:4; Yoe 3:18; Mdo 2:4; 11:15Yohana aliwabatiza kwa maji, lakini baada ya siku chache mtabatizwa kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”
Yesu Apaa Mbinguni
(Marko 16:19-20; Luka 24:50-53)
61:6 Mt 17:11; Mdo 3:21; Lk 24:21; Isa 1:26; Dan 7:27; Amo 9:11Mitume walipokuwa wamekusanyika pamoja, wakamuuliza Yesu, “Bwana, je, huu ndio wakati wa kuwarudishia Israeli ufalme?”
71:7 Za 102:13; Mt 24:48Yesu akawaambia, “Si juu yenu kujua nyakati na majira ambayo Baba ameyaweka katika mamlaka yake mwenyewe. 81:8 Mdo 2:1-4; Lk 24:48Lakini mtapokea nguvu akiisha kuwajilia juu yenu Roho Mtakatifu, nanyi mtakuwa mashahidi wangu katika Yerusalemu, Uyahudi kote na Samaria, hadi miisho ya dunia.”
91:9 Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51; Yn 6:62Baada ya kusema mambo haya, walipokuwa wanatazama, akachukuliwa juu mbinguni mbele ya macho yao na wingu likampokea wasimwone tena.
101:10 Lk 24:4; Yn 20:12; Mt 28:3; Mk 16:5; Mdo 10:3, 30Walipokuwa bado wakikaza macho yao kuelekea juu alipokuwa akienda zake Mbinguni, tazama ghafula, wanaume wawili waliovaa mavazi meupe wakasimama karibu nao, 111:11 Mdo 2:7; Mt 16:27; Lk 21:27; 1Tim 3:16; Mdo 1:7wakasema, “Enyi watu wa Galilaya, mbona mnasimama mkitazama juu angani? Huyu Yesu aliyechukuliwa kutoka kwenu kwenda Mbinguni, atarudi tena jinsi iyo hiyo mlivyomwona akienda zake Mbinguni.”
Mathiya Achaguliwa Badala Ya Yuda
121:12 Lk 24:52; Mt 21:1Ndipo waliporudi Yerusalemu kutoka Mlima wa Mizeituni, uliokuwa karibu na Yerusalemu, umbali wa mwendo wa Sabato1:12 Mwendo wa Sabato hapa ina maana umbali wa mita 1,100. kutoka mjini. 131:13 Mdo 9:37; 20:8; Mt 10:2-4; Mk 3:16-19Walipowasili mjini Yerusalemu, walikwenda ghorofani kwenye chumba walichokuwa wakiishi. Wale waliokuwepo walikuwa: Petro, Yohana, Yakobo, Andrea, Filipo, Tomaso, Bartholomayo, Mathayo, Yakobo mwana wa Alfayo, Simoni Zelote1:13 Zelote hapa ina maana alikuwa mwanachama wa Wazelote, kikundi cha Kiyahudi cha kupinga jeuri ya Warumi. na Yuda mwana wa Yakobo. 141:14 Lk 18:1; 23:49-55; Mt 12:46Hawa wote waliungana pamoja katika maombi. Pamoja nao walikuwepo wanawake kadha, na Maria mama yake Yesu, pamoja na ndugu zake Yesu.
151:15 Ufu 3:4Katika siku hizo Petro akasimama katikati ya waumini (jumla yao wote walikuwa watu wapatao 120), akasema, 161:16 Mt 10:4; Yn 13:18“Ndugu zangu, ilibidi Andiko litimie ambalo Roho Mtakatifu alitabiri kupitia kwa Daudi kumhusu Yuda aliyewaongoza wale waliomkamata Yesu. 171:17 Yn 6:70-71; Mt 10:4; Lk 6:16; Mdo 12:25; 20:24; 21:19Yuda alikuwa mmoja wetu, kwa maana na yeye alichaguliwa ashiriki katika huduma hii.”
181:18 Mt 26:14-15; 27:3-10(Basi Yuda alinunua shamba kwa zile fedha za uovu alizopata; akiwa huko shambani akaanguka, akapasuka na matumbo yote yakatoka nje. 191:19 Yn 5:2Kila mtu Yerusalemu akasikia habari hizi, kwa hiyo wakapaita mahali hapo kwa lugha yao, Akeldama, yaani Shamba la Damu).
201:20 Za 69:25; 109:8“Kama vile ilivyoandikwa katika kitabu cha Zaburi,
“ ‘Mahali pake na pawe ukiwa,
wala asiwepo yeyote atakayeishi humo,’
“ ‘Mtu mwingine aichukue nafasi yake ya uongozi.’
211:21 Yn 15:27Kwa hiyo inatubidi tumchague mtu mwingine miongoni mwa wale ambao wamekuwa pamoja nasi wakati wote Bwana Yesu alipoingia na kutoka katikati yenu, 221:22 Mk 1:4; Lk 24:48kuanzia ubatizo wa Yohana mpaka siku aliyochukuliwa kutoka kwetu kwenda Mbinguni. Kwa kuwa mmoja wao inabidi awe shahidi pamoja nasi wa ufufuo wake.”
231:23 Mdo 15:22Wakapendekeza majina ya watu wawili: Yosefu, aitwaye Barsaba (ambaye pia alijulikana kama Yusto) na Mathiya. 241:24 Mdo 13:3; 14:23; 1Sam 16:7; Ufu 2:23Kisha wakaomba, wakasema, “Bwana, wewe waujua moyo wa kila mtu. Tuonyeshe ni yupi kati ya hawa wawili uliyemchagua 251:25 Mdo 1:17ili achukue nafasi ya huduma ya utume ambayo Yuda aliiacha ili aende mahali pake mwenyewe.” 261:26 Mdo 2:14Kisha wakawapigia kura, nayo kura ikamwangukia Mathiya, naye akaongezwa kwenye wale mitume kumi na mmoja.