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 baptised with1:5 Or in water, but in a few days you will be baptised with1:5 Or in the Holy Spirit.’
6Then they gathered round 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 1 kilometre 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, 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 Asehyɛ
1Mʼadamfo pa Teofilo, me nwoma a ɛdi ɛkan a metwerɛɛ wo no mu no, mekaa Yesu nnwuma a ɔyɛeɛ ne ne nkyerɛkyerɛ 2kɔsi ɛberɛ a Onyankopɔn bɛfaa no kɔɔ ɔsoro no ho asɛm. Ansa na wɔrebɛfa no akɔ ɔsoro no, ɔnam Honhom Kronkron tumi so kyerɛkyerɛɛ nʼasuafoɔ no. 3Ne wusɔreɛ akyi, ɔtenaa asase so adaduanan, yii ne ho adi mpɛn pii kyerɛɛ nʼasuafoɔ no de kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, ampa, ɔte ase. Ɔkaa Onyankopɔn Ahennie ho asɛm nso kyerɛɛ wɔn. 4Ɛda bi a ɔne wɔn redidi no, ɔhyɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Mommfiri Yerusalem, na montwɛn akyɛdeɛ a mʼAgya ahyɛ mo ho bɔ a maka ho asɛm akyerɛ mo no. 5Yohane de, ɔde nsuo na ɛbɔɔ asu, nanso mo de ɛrenkyɛre, wɔde Honhom Kronkron no bɛbɔ mo asu.”
6Asuafoɔ no nyinaa ne Yesu hyiaa mu no, wɔbisaa no sɛ, “Awurade, berɛ yi mu na wode ahennie no bɛba Israel anaa?”
7Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɛho nhia sɛ mobɛhunu ɛberɛ a Agya no nam ne tumi so ahyehyɛ ato hɔ no. 8Na sɛ Honhom Kronkron no ba mo so a, mobɛnya tumi na moayɛ mʼadansefoɔ wɔ Yerusalem ne Yudea nyinaa ne Samaria kɔsi asase ano.”
9Ɔkasa wieeɛ no, asuafoɔ no hunuu no sɛ ɔnam omununkum mu rekɔ ɔsoro na wɔanhunu no bio.
10Wɔgu so rehwɛ ewiem no, amonom hɔ ara, mmarima baanu bi a wɔhyehyɛ ntadeɛ fitafitaa bɛgyinaa wɔn nkyɛn, 11kaa sɛ, “Mo mmarima a mofiri Galilea, adɛn enti na mogyina ha rehwɛ ewiem? Yesu a wɔafa no afiri mo nkyɛn kɔ ɔsoro no, sɛdeɛ ɔsi kɔɔ ɔsoro no, saa ara na ɔbɛsane aba bio.”
Wɔyi Matia Sɛ Yuda Nanmusini
12Yei akyi no, asuafoɔ no firii Ngo Bepɔ no so baa Yerusalem. Ɛfiri Ngo Bepɔ no so ba Yerusalem no bɛyɛ kilomita baako ne fa. 13Wɔduruu hɔ no, wɔkɔɔ ɛdan bi a na ɛwɔ aborɔsan 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 asuafoɔ yi nyinaa taa ne mmaa bi te sɛ Yesu maame Maria ne Yesu nnua mmarimanom hyia bɔ mpaeɛ.
15Nna kakra bi akyi no, agyidifoɔ no a wɔn dodoɔ bɛyɛ sɛ ɔha aduonu no hyiaeɛ na Petro sɔre kasaa sɛ: 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 firii ade bɔne a ɔyɛeɛ no mu no, wɔde tɔɔ asase wɔ faako a ɔwuiɛ hɔ. Ɔte bɛhwee fam maa ne mu paeeɛ maa nʼayamdeɛ tu guu so. 19Nnipa a na wɔte Yerusalem nyinaa tee saa asɛm yi no, wɔtoo asase no din wɔ wɔn ankasa kasa mu sɛ Hekeldama a asekyerɛ ne sɛ, Mogya Asase.)
20Petro toaa so kaa sɛ, “Wɔatwerɛ wɔ Dawid nnwom mu sɛ,
“ ‘Ne efie nna mpan,
na ne som adwuma no, obi mfa.’
21Enti ɛsɛ sɛ yɛyi nnipa a yɛne wɔn nantee ɛberɛ a na Yesu ne yɛn dii akɔneaba no nyinaa, 22firi Yohane asubɔ adwuma no so de kɔsi ɛberɛ a wɔfaa Yesu firii yɛn nkyɛn kɔɔ ɔsoro no, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ saa nnipa no mu baako bɛka yɛn ho ne yɛn di Yesu wusɔreɛ no ho adanseɛ.”
23Wɔyii nnipa baanu. Ɔbaako din de Yosef a na wɔfrɛ no Barsaba, na wɔtaa nso frɛ no Yusto. Deɛ na ɔka ho no nso din de Matia. 24Afei, asuafoɔ no bɔɔ mpaeɛ sɛ, “Awurade, wonim obiara akoma mu. Ɛno enti, kyerɛ yɛn nnipa baanu yi mu deɛ woayi no, 25sɛ ɔmmɛsi Yuda a wanya ne baabi kɔ no ananmu mmɛyɛ asomafodwuma no.” 26Afei, asuafoɔ no bɔɔ wɔn so ntonto maa ɛsii Matia. Enti wɔfaa no kaa asomafoɔ dubaako no ho.