New International Reader's Version

Acts 1:1-26

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.

O Livro

Atos 1:1-26

Jesus ascende ao céu

1Teófilo,

No meu primeiro livro, falei-te de tudo quanto Jesus começou a fazer e a ensinar, 2até ao dia em que, depois de ter dado instruções pelo Espírito Santo aos apóstolos que escolheu, foi levado para o céu. 3Durante os quarenta dias que se seguiram à sua crucificação, apareceu diversas vezes, vivo, sem sombra de dúvida, aos apóstolos, a quem provou de muitas maneiras ser realmente ele aquele que viam. E nessas ocasiões falou-lhes no reino de Deus.

4Num desses encontros, enquanto tomava uma refeição com eles, Jesus disse-lhes: “Não saiam de Jerusalém, mas esperem o cumprimento da promessa do Pai, de que vocês me ouviram falar. 5João batizou-vos com água, mas vocês serão batizados com o Espírito Santo dentro de poucos dias.”

6Então, os que se encontravam com ele perguntaram-lhe: “Senhor, é neste tempo que vais restaurar o reino de Israel?”

7“É o Pai quem determina os tempos e as ocasiões”, respondeu-lhe, “e não vos compete conhecê-los. 8Mas quando o Espírito Santo tiver descido sobre vocês, receberão poder e serão minhas testemunhas ao povo de Jerusalém, em toda a Judeia e Samaria, e até aos extremos da Terra.”

9Dito isto, Jesus foi elevado e uma nuvem o tomou, à vista deles. 10E estavam eles a segui-lo com os olhos enquanto subia ao céu quando, de súbito, apareceram no meio deles dois homens vestidos de branco, 11que disseram: “Homens da Galileia, porque estão aí de olhos postos no céu? Jesus foi para o céu e um dia voltará tal como o viram partir!”

Matias é escolhido para substituir Judas

(Mt 10.2-4; Mc 3.16-19; Lc 6.14-16)

12Isto aconteceu quando se encontravam no monte das Oliveiras. Regressando a Jerusalém, que ficava quase a um quilómetro de distância, 13foram para uma sala no andar superior da casa onde estavam a ficar. Estavam ali: Pedro, João, Tiago, André, Filipe, Tomé, Bartolomeu, Mateus, Tiago, filho de Alfeu, Simão (a quem também chamavam o Zelota) e Judas, filho de Tiago. 14Todos se reuniam constantemente em oração e no mesmo espírito, juntamente com Maria, a mãe de Jesus, várias outras mulheres e os irmãos de Jesus.

15Por esta altura, numa ocasião em que estavam presentes cerca de cento e vinte pessoas, Pedro levantou-se no meio dos irmãos e disse-lhes o seguinte: 16“Irmãos, era necessário que se cumprissem as Escrituras acerca de Judas, que servia de guia para aqueles que prenderam Jesus, pois isso já tinha sido anunciado há muito pelo Espírito Santo, falando através do rei David. 17Judas foi um dos nossos e, como nós, escolhido para ser apóstolo. 18(Com o dinheiro que recebeu como paga da traição, comprou um campo, onde se suicidou, rompendo-se-lhe as entranhas. 19A notícia da sua morte depressa se espalhou por Jerusalém, tanto que o povo deu ao local o nome de Alcedamá, que na sua língua significa Campo de Sangue.) 20A predição do rei David acerca deste acontecimento vem no Livro dos Salmos, onde se diz: ‘Que a sua casa fique deserta, sem ninguém que nela habite’,1.20 Sl 69.25. e ainda: ‘que venha outro tirar-lhe o trabalho.’1.20 Sl 109.8.

21Agora temos de escolher, em lugar de Judas, um homem dentre aqueles que estiveram connosco todo o tempo em que o Senhor Jesus andou entre nós, 22desde o seu batismo, por João, até ao dia em que foi levado do nosso meio para o céu. Esse homem deve juntar-se a nós, para ser testemunha da sua ressurreição.”

23A assembleia apontou dois homens: José Justo (também chamado Barsabás) e Matias. 24Depois oraram: “Senhor, tu conheces os corações de todos; indica-nos qual destes dois homens escolheste 25como apóstolo para substituir Judas, que foi para o lugar que merecia.” 26Tiraram então sortes, tendo estas caído sobre Matias, que passou a ser apóstolo com os outros onze.