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.
Yesu Atwalibwa mu Ggulu
11:1 a Luk 1:1-4 b Luk 3:23Mu kitabo ekyasooka, munnange Teefiro, nakutegeeza ebintu byonna okuva Yesu lwe yatandika okukola emirimu gye n’okuyigiriza, 21:2 a nny 9, 11; Mak 16:19 b Mat 28:19, 20 c Mak 6:30 d Yk 13:18okutuusa ku lunaku lwe yatwalibwa mu ggulu ng’amaze okuwa abatume be, be yalonda, ebiragiro ku bwa Mwoyo Mutukuvu. 31:3 Mat 28:17; Luk 24:34, 36; Yk 20:19, 26; 21:1, 14; 1Ko 15:5-7Mu nnaku amakumi ana ezaddirira, Yesu yalabikira abatume nga mulamu era n’abakakasa mu ngeri nnyingi, era buli lwe yabalabikiranga ng’ayogera nabo ku bigambo by’obwakabaka bwa Katonda. 41:4 Luk 24:49; Yk 14:16; Bik 2:33Awo bwe yali ng’alya nabo ekijjulo n’abalagira baleme kuva mu Yerusaalemi naye balindirire ekisuubizo kya Kitaawe. Yagamba nti, “Ekyo kye mwawulira nga mbagamba nti, 5‘Yokaana yabatiza na mazzi, naye mmwe mujja kubatizibwa na Mwoyo Mutukuvu mu nnaku si nnyingi.’ ”
61:6 Mat 17:11Awo bwe baali bakuŋŋaanye ne bamubuuza nti, “Mukama waffe, mu kiseera kino mw’onooddizaawo obwakabaka bwa Isirayiri?”
71:7 Mat 24:36Naye Yesu n’abaddamu nti, “Okumanya entuuko oba ebiro si kyammwe, kitange kye yateekateeka mu buyinza bwe. 81:8 a Bik 2:1-4 b Luk 24:48 c Bik 8:1-25 d Mat 28:19Naye muliweebwa amaanyi, Mwoyo Mutukuvu bw’alimala okubakkako, era munaabanga bajulirwa bange mu Yerusaalemi, ne mu Buyudaaya yonna, ne mu Samaliya okutuukira ddala ku nkomerero z’ensi.”
91:9 nny 2Bwe yamala okwogera ebigambo ebyo, ekire ne kimutwala waggulu nga balaba.
101:10 Luk 24:4; Yk 20:12Awo bwe baali nga batunula enkaliriza mu ggulu ng’agenda, amangwago abasajja babiri nga bambadde engoye enjeru ne balabika, 111:11 a Bik 2:7 b Mat 16:27ne boogera nti, “Abasajja Abagaliraaya, lwaki muyimiridde wano nga mutunula waggulu mu ggulu? Yesu oyo abaggiddwako n’atwalibwa mu ggulu, agenda kukomawo mu ngeri y’emu nga bwe mumulabye ng’agenda mu ggulu.”
121:12 a Luk 24:52 b Mat 21:1Ne bakomawo e Yerusaalemi okuva ku lusozi oluyitibwa olwa Zeyituuni, oluli okumpi ne Yerusaalemi, ng’olugendo olutambulwa ku Ssabbiiti. 131:13 a Bik 9:37; 20:8 b Mat 10:2-4; Mak 3:16-19; Luk 6:14-16Ne balaga mu kisenge ekya waggulu mu nnyumba mwe baali basula, era be bano:
Peetero, ne Yokaana ne Yakobo, ne Andereya,
ne Firipo ne Tomasi,
ne Battolomaayo, ne Matayo,
ne Yakobo, omwana wa Alufaayo, ne Simooni eyayitibwanga “Omuzerote1:13 Omuzerote Abazerote be baayeekeranga gavumenti y’Abaruumi mu biro ebyo”, ne Yuda, omwana wa Yakobo.
141:14 a Bik 2:42; 6:4 b Luk 23:49, 55 c Mat 12:46Abo bonna ne beeweerayo ddala n’omutima gumu okusaba wamu n’abakazi ne Maliyamu nnyina Yesu ne baganda ba Yesu.
Matiya Asikira Yuda
15Awo mu nnaku ezo, Peetero n’ayimirira wakati mu booluganda abaali bakuŋŋaanye nga bawera nga kikumi mu abiri, n’ayogera nti, 161:16 a nny 20 b Yk 13:18“Abasajja abooluganda, ebyawandiikibwa ku Yuda eyakulembera ekibiina ekyakwata Yesu byali biteekwa okutuukirira; kubanga ekyo Mwoyo Mutukuvu yali yakitegeeza dda bwe yayogerera mu Dawudi. 171:17 a Yk 6:70, 71 b nny 25Yuda yali omu ku ffe, era n’aweebwa omugabo gw’obuweereza buno.”
181:18 a Mat 26:14, 15 b Mat 27:3-10Empeera gye yafuna mu butali butuukirivu bwe, yagigulamu ennimiro, era omwo mwe yagwa n’ayabika n’ebyenda bye ne biyiika. 19Amawulire ago ne gatuuka ku bantu ab’omu Yerusaalemi, era ennimiro eyo ne bagituuma Akerudama mu lulimi lwabwe, amakulu nti, Ennimiro y’Omusaayi!
201:20 a Zab 69:25 b Zab 109:8“Kubanga kyawandiikibwa mu Zabbuli nti,
“ ‘Ekibanja kye kizike,
so kireme okubeerangamu omuntu.’
‘N’obuvunaanyizibwa bwe buweebwe omulala.’
21Noolwekyo kigwanye okulonda omuntu mu bantu abaayitanga naffe mu biro byonna, eyayingiranga n’afuluma wamu naffe nga tuli ne Mukama waffe Yesu, 221:22 a Mak 1:4 b nny 8okuviira ddala ku kubatiza kwa Yokaana okutuusa lwe yatwalibwa mu ggulu, alyoke abeere omujulirwa ow’okuzuukira kwe awamu naffe.”
23Awo ne balonda abasajja babiri, omu nga ye Yusufu (eyayitibwanga Balusaba ate era nga ye Yusito), n’owokubiri nga ye Matiya. 241:24 a Bik 6:6; 14:23 b 1Sa 16:7; Yer 17:10; Bik 15:8; Kub 2:23Ne balyoka basaba ne bagamba nti, “Ayi Mukama, gw’omanyi emitima gy’abantu bonna, tulage gw’olonze ku bantu bano ababiri, 25okubeera mu baweereza buno n’okubeera omutume mu kifo kya Yuda eyatwawukanako n’alaga mu kifo kye ekimusaanira.” 261:26 Bik 2:14Oluvannyuma ne bakuba akalulu, ne kagwa ku Matiya, n’agattibwa ku batume ekkumi n’omu.