Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with1:5 Or in water, but in a few days you will be baptized with1:5 Or in the Holy Spirit.”
6Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk1:12 That is, about 5/8 mile or about 1 kilometer from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16and said, “Brothers and sisters,1:16 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 6:3; 11:29; 12:17; 16:40; 18:18, 27; 21:7, 17; 28:14, 15. the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18(With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“ ‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’1:20 Psalm 69:25
“ ‘May another take his place of leadership.’1:20 Psalm 109:8
21Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Asafo No Mfiase
1Mʼadamfo pa Teofilo, me nhoma a edi kan a mekyerɛw wo no mu no, mekaa Yesu nnwuma a ɔyɛe ne ne nkyerɛkyerɛ 2kosi bere a Onyankopɔn bɛfaa no kɔɔ ɔsoro no ho asɛm. Ansa na wɔrebɛfa no akɔ ɔsoro no, ɔnam Honhom Kronkron tumi so kyerɛkyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no. 3Ne wusɔre akyi no, ɔtenaa asase so adaduanan, yii ne ho adi mpɛn pii kyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no de kyerɛɛ wɔn se, ampa, ɔte ase. Ɔkaa Onyankopɔn ahenni ho asɛm nso kyerɛɛ wɔn. 4Da bi a ɔne wɔn redidi no ɔhyɛɛ wɔn se, “Mummfi Yerusalem, na montwɛn akyɛde a mʼAgya ahyɛ mo ho bɔ a maka ho asɛm akyerɛ mo no. 5Yohane de, ɔde nsu na ɛbɔɔ asu, nanso mo de ɛrenkyɛ, wɔde Honhom Kronkron no bɛbɔ mo asu.”
6Asuafo no nyinaa ne Yesu hyiaa mu no, wobisaa no se, “Awurade, bere yi mu na wode ahenni no bɛba Israel ana?”
7Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Ɛho nhia sɛ mubehu bere a Agya no nam ne tumi so ahyehyɛ ato hɔ no. 8Na sɛ Honhom Kronkron no ba mo so a, mubenya tumi na moayɛ me nnansefo wɔ Yerusalem ne Yudea nyinaa ne Samaria de kosi asase ano.”
9Ɔkasa wiee no asuafo no huu no sɛ ɔnam omununkum mu rekɔ ɔsoro na wɔanhu no bio.
10Wogu so rehwɛ wim no, amono mu hɔ ara mmarima baanu bi a wɔhyehyɛ ntade fitafitaa begyinaa wɔn nkyɛn, 11kae se, “Mo mmarima a mufi Galilea, adɛn nti na mugyina ha rehwɛ wim? Yesu a wɔafa no afi mo nkyɛn kɔ ɔsoro no, sɛnea osi kɔɔ ɔsoro no, saa ara na ɔbɛsan aba.”
Woyi Matia Sɛ Yuda Nanmusin
12Eyi akyi no, asuafo no fii Ngo Bepɔw no so baa Yerusalem. Efi Ngo Bepɔw no so ba Yerusalem no bɛyɛ kilomita baako ne fa. 13Woduu hɔ no, wɔkɔɔ ɔdan bi a na ɛwɔ aban a na wɔte so mu. Nnipa a na wɔwɔ hɔ no ne:
Petro, Yohane, Yakobo ne Andrea;
Alfeo ba Yakobo, Simon Seloteni ne Yakobo ba Yuda.
14Na saa asuafo yi nyinaa taa ne mmea bi te sɛ Yesu ne na Maria ne Yesu nuabarimanom hyia bɔ mpae.
15Nna kakraa bi akyi no gyidifo no a wɔn dodow bɛyɛ sɛ ɔha aduonu no hyiae na Petro sɔre kasae se: 16Me nuanom, ɛsɛ sɛ nkɔm a Honhom Kronkron no nam Dawid so hyɛ faa Yuda ho sɛ ɛnam ne so na wɔbɛkyere Yesu no ba mu. 17Yɛn a Yesu yii yɛn no, na Yuda nso ka yɛn ho wɔ ɔsom no mu.
18(Sika a Yuda nya fii ade bɔne a ɔyɛe no mu no, wɔde tɔɔ asase wɔ faako a owui hɔ. Ɔtew bɛhwee fam ma ne mu pae maa ne nsono tu guu so. 19Nnipa a na wɔte Yerusalem nyinaa tee saa asɛm no, wɔtoo asase no din wɔ wɔn ankasa kasa mu se Hekeldama a nkyerɛase ne, Mogya Asase.)
20Petro toaa so kae se, “Wɔakyerɛw wɔ Dawid nhoma mu se,
“ ‘Ne fi nyɛ amamfo,
na ɔfoforo nsi nʼanan mu.’
21Enti ɛsɛ sɛ yeyi nnipa a yɛne wɔn nantew bere a na Yesu ne yɛn di akɔneaba no nyinaa, 22fi Yohane asubɔ adwuma no so de kosi bere a wɔfaa Yesu fii yɛn nkyɛn kɔɔ ɔsoro no, efisɛ ɛsɛ sɛ saa nnipa no mu baako bɛka yɛn ho ne yɛn di Yesu wusɔre no ho adanse.”
23Woyii nnipa baanu. Ɔbaako din de Yosef a na wɔfrɛ no Barsaba,1.23 Ase ne “Homeda babarima.” Saa din yi yɛ Yudafo Kristofo adikanfo baanu bi din. Wɔn mu baako ne Yosef. Nea ɔto so abien ne Yuda a na ɔyɛ odiyifo wɔ Yerusalem. Ɔne Sila na wɔsomaa wɔn kɔɔ Antiokia. (15.22,32). na wɔtaa frɛ no Yusto nso. Nea na ɔka ho no nso din de Matia. 24Afei asuafo no bɔɔ mpae se, “Awurade, wunim obiara koma mu. Ɛno nti kyerɛ yɛn nnipa baanu yi mu nea woayi no 25sɛ ommesi Yuda a wanya ne baabi kɔ no anan mu mmɛyɛ asomafodwuma no.” 26Afei asuafo no bɔɔ wɔn so ntonto maa esii Matia. Enti wɔfaa no kaa asomafo dubaako no ho.