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.
Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero
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Lonjezo la Mzimu Woyera
1Mʼbuku langa loyamba, ndinakulembera iwe Teofilo zonse zimene Yesu anayamba kuchita ndi kuphunzitsa, 2mpaka tsiku limene anatengedwa kupita kumwamba, mwamphamvu ya Mzimu Woyera, atawalangiza atumwi amene anawasankha. 3Zitatha zowawa zake Yesu anadzionetsa kwa ophunzira ake, ndi kuonetsanso maumboni ambiri kuti anali wamoyo. Iye anadzionetsera kwa iwo ndi kuwaphunzitsa za ufumu wa Mulungu pa masiku makumi anayi. 4Nthawi ina atasonkhana nawo pamodzi, Yesu analamulira ophunzira ake kuti, “Musachoke mu Yerusalemu, koma mudikire mphatso imene Atate anga analonjeza yomwe ndinakuwuzani. 5Pakuti Yohane anakubatizani ndi madzi, koma posachedwapa inu mudzabatizidwa ndi Mzimu Woyera.”
Yesu Akwera Kumwamba
6Atumwi atasonkhana pamodzi, iwo anamufunsa Iye kuti, “Ambuye, kodi nthawi ino mubwezeretsa ufumu kwa Israeli?”
7Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Sikofunika kuti mudziwe za nthawi kapena masiku amene Atate ayika mwa ulamuliro wawo. 8Koma mudzalandira mphamvu Mzimu Woyera akadzafika pa inu; ndipo mudzakhala mboni zanga mu Yerusalemu, ku Yudeya konse ndi ku Samariya, mpaka ku malekezero a dziko lapansi.”
9Atatha kuyankhula zimenezi, Yesu anatengedwa kupita kumwamba ophunzira ake akuona, ndipo anabisika mʼmitambo.
10Yesu akukwera kumwamba, ophunzira ake anayangʼanitsitsa ndi chidwi mʼmitambo. Mwadzidzidzi anaona anthu awiri ovala zoyera atayimirira pambali pawo. 11Iwo anati, “Inu, anthu a ku Galileya, chifukwa chiyani mukuyima ndi kumayangʼana mʼmitambo? Yesu amene wachotsedwa pakati panu ndi kupita kumwamba, adzabweranso mʼnjira yomweyi mwamuona akupita kumwamba.”
Matiyasi Alowa Mʼmalo mwa Yudasi Isikarioti
12Pamenepo atumwi anabwerera ku Yerusalemu kuchokera ku phiri la Olivi, mtunda wosakwana kilomita kuchokera mu mzindamo. 13Atafika mu mzindamo, analowa mʼchipinda chammwamba kumene amakhala. Amene analipo anali awa: Petro, Yohane, Yakobo ndi Andreya; Filipo ndi Tomasi, Bartumeyu ndi Mateyu; Yakobo mwana wa Alifeyo ndi Simoni Zelote ndi Yuda mwana wa Yakobo. 14Onsewa ndi mtima umodzi anapitiriza kupemphera pamodzi ndi amayi, ndi Mariya amayi ake a Yesu, ndiponso abale ake a Yesu.
15Pa nthawi imeneyo Petro anayimirira pakati pa okhulupirira (gulu la anthu pafupifupi 120). 16Iye anati, “Abale anga, Malemba anayenera kukwaniritsidwa omwe Mzimu Woyera anayankhula kalekale kudzera mwa Davide za Yudasi, amene anatsogolera amene anamugwira Yesu. 17Iye anali mmodzi wa gulu lathu ndipo anatumikira pamodzi ndi ife.”
18(Yudasi anagula munda ndi ndalama zimene anazipeza pochita zoyipa zija; kumeneko, iye anagwa chamutu, naphulika pakati ndipo matumbo ake wonse anakhuthuka. 19Aliyense mu Yerusalemu anamva zimenezi, kotero anatcha mundawo mʼchiyankhulo chawo kuti Akeledama, kutanthauza, Munda wa Magazi).
20Petro anati, “Pakuti kwalembedwa mʼbuku la Masalimo kuti,
“Nyumba yake isanduke bwinja,
ndipo pasakhale wogonamo.
“Wina atenge ntchito yake yautsogoleri.
21Chifukwa chake ndi kofunika kusankha mmodzi wa anthu amene akhala nafe nthawi yonse imene Ambuye Yesu ankayenda nafe, 22kuyambira pa nthawi ya ubatizo wa Yohane mpaka nthawi imene Yesu anatengedwa pakati pathu. Pakuti mmodzi wa anthu awa ayenera kukhala mboni pamodzi ndi ife zakuuka kwake.”
23Pamenepo anasankha anthu awiri, Yosefe wotchedwa Barsaba (wodziwikanso kuti Yusto) ndi Matiyasi. 24Kenaka iwo anapemphera nati, “Ambuye mukudziwa mtima wa aliyense. Tionetseni amene mwamusankha mwa awiri awa 25kuti atenge ntchito iyi ya utumwi, imene Yudasi anasiya napita kumalo womuyenera.” 26Tsono anachita maere, ndipo maerewo anagwera Matiyasi. Tsono iye anawonjezedwa pa gulu la atumwi khumi ndi mmodziwo.