1Mpendwa Teofilo, Katika Kitabu changu cha kwanza nilikuan dikia kuhusu mambo yote aliyotenda Yesu, 2 hadi wakati alipopaa mbinguni. Kabla hajachukuliwa juu, aliwapa mitume wake maagizo kwa njia ya Roho Mtakatifu. 3 Alijionyesha kwao akiwa hai muda wa siku arobaini baada ya kufufuka kwake. Akawahakikishia kwa njia nyingi ya kuwa ni yeye na akaongea nao kuhusu Ufalme wa Mungu.
4 Wakati mmoja alipokuwa nao, aliwapa amri hii, “Msiondoke Yerusalemu, mpaka mtakapopokea ahadi aliyotoa Baba, ambayo mmeni sikia nikiizungumzia. 5 Kwa maana Yohana aliwabatiza kwa maji lakini baada ya siku chache mtabatizwa kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”
Yesu Apaa Mbinguni
6 Mitume walipokutana na Yesu walimwuliza, “Bwana, wakati huu ndipo utawarudishia Waisraeli ufalme ?”
7 Yesu akawaambia, “Si juu yenu kufahamu wakati na majira ambayo yamewekwa na Baba kwa mamlaka yake. 8 Lakini mtapokea nguvu akishawajilia Roho Mtakatifu, nanyi mtakuwa mashahidi wangu katika Yerusalemu na Yudea yote na Samaria, hadi mwisho wa dunia.”
9 Baada ya kusema haya, wakiwa wanatazama, alichukuliwa juu, na wingu likamficha wasimwone tena. 10 Walikuwa bado wakikaza macho yao mawinguni alipokuwa akienda, ndipo ghafla, wanaume wawili waliovaa mavazi meupe walisimama karibu nao, 11 wakasema, “Ninyi watu wa Galilaya, mbona mnasimama hapa mkitazama mbin guni? Yesu huyu huyu aliyechukuliwa mbinguni atarudi tena kama mlivyomwona akienda mbinguni.”
12 Ndipo mitume waliporudi Yerusalemu kutoka mlima wa Mizeituni ulioko umbali wa kama kilometa moja kutoka mjini. 13 Walipoingia mjini Yerusalemu walikwenda katika chumba cha ghorofani walipokuwa wakiishi: Petro, Yohana, Yakobo na Andrea, Filipo, Tomaso, Bartholomayo na Mathayo, Yakobo mwana wa Alfayo na Simoni aliyeitwa Mzalendo, na Yuda mwana wa Yakobo.
14 Hawa wote waliamua kwa kauli moja kutumia muda wao wote kusali, wakiwa pamoja na wale akina mama, Mariamu mama yake Yesu pamoja na ndugu zake.
15 Ilikuwa ni katika siku hizo ambapo Petro alisimama kati ya waamini wote, watu wapatao mia moja na ishirini, 16 akasema, “Ndugu zangu, ilibidi Maandiko ambayo Roho Mtakatifu alitabiri kupitia kwa Daudi kumhusu Yuda aliyewaongoza wale waliomkamata Yesu, yatimie. 17 Yuda alikuwa mmoja wetu, kwa maana na yeye alichaguliwa ashiriki katika huduma hii.” 18 Yuda alinunua shamba kwa zile fedha alizopata kutokana na uovu wake na akiwa huko shambani alianguka kifudifudi akapasuka na matumbo yote yakatoka nje. 19 Kila mkazi wa Yerusalemu alisikia habari hizi, kwa hiyo wakapaita mahali hapo kwa lugha yao, Akeldama, yaani ‘shamba la Damu.’ 20 Kama ilivyoandikwa katika kitabu cha Zab uri, ‘Mahali pake pasiwe na kitu wala asiwepo mtu atakayekaa hapo,’ na, ‘Nafasi yake ichukuliwe na mwingine.”’
21 “Kwa hiyo inatubidi tumchague mtu mwingine kati ya wale ambao wamekuwa pamoja nasi 22 tangu wakati Yesu alipobatizwa na Yohana mpaka siku aliyochukuliwa mbinguni. Mmoja wao inabidi aun gane nasi kama shahidi wa ufufuo wa Yesu.”
23 Wakapendekeza majina ya watu wawili. Yusufu, aitwaye Barsaba, pia alijulikana kama Yusto, na Mathiya. 24 Wakaomba, “Bwana ujuaye mioyo ya watu wote, tunakuomba utuonyeshe ni yupi kati ya hawa wawili uliyemchagua 25 achukue nafasi ya huduma na utume ambayo Yuda aliiacha akaenda panapomstahili.”
26 Kisha wakapiga kura na Mathiya akachaguliwa. Basi akain gizwa katika kundi la wale mitume kumi na mmoja.
1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.