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.
Kanisa La Kwanza
Ahadi Ya Roho Mtakatifu
11:1 Lk 1:14; 3:23Katika kitabu changu cha kwanza nilikuandikia, mpendwa Theofilo, kuhusu mambo yote Yesu aliyofanya na kufundisha tangu mwanzo, 21:2 Mk 16:19; 6:30; Mt 28:19-20; 10:1-4; Yn 13:18hadi siku ile alipochukuliwa kwenda mbinguni, baada ya kuwapa maagizo kupitia kwa Roho Mtakatifu wale mitume aliowachagua. 31:3 1Kor 15:5-7; Mt 28:17; Lk 24:39-43Baada ya mateso yake, alijionyesha kwao na kuwathibitishia kwa njia nyingi kwamba yeye yu hai. Katika muda wa siku arobaini baada ya kufufuka kwake aliwatokea na kunena kuhusu Ufalme wa Mungu. 41:4 Lk 24:49; Yn 14:16; Mdo 2:33Wakati mmoja alipokuwa pamoja nao, aliwapa amri hii, “Msitoke Yerusalemu, bali ingojeni ahadi ya Baba, ambayo mmenisikia nikisema habari zake. 51:5 Mk 1:4, 8; Mt 3:11; Mdo 11:16; 19:4; Yoe 3:18; Mdo 2:4; 11:15Yohana aliwabatiza kwa maji, lakini baada ya siku chache mtabatizwa kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”
Yesu Apaa Mbinguni
(Marko 16:19-20; Luka 24:50-53)
61:6 Mt 17:11; Mdo 3:21; Lk 24:21; Isa 1:26; Dan 7:27; Amo 9:11Mitume walipokuwa wamekusanyika pamoja, wakamuuliza Yesu, “Bwana, je, huu ndio wakati wa kuwarudishia Israeli ufalme?”
71:7 Za 102:13; Mt 24:48Yesu akawaambia, “Si juu yenu kujua nyakati na majira ambayo Baba ameyaweka katika mamlaka yake mwenyewe. 81:8 Mdo 2:1-4; Lk 24:48Lakini mtapokea nguvu akiisha kuwajilia juu yenu Roho Mtakatifu, nanyi mtakuwa mashahidi wangu katika Yerusalemu, Uyahudi kote na Samaria, hadi miisho ya dunia.”
91:9 Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51; Yn 6:62Baada ya kusema mambo haya, walipokuwa wanatazama, akachukuliwa juu mbinguni mbele ya macho yao na wingu likampokea wasimwone tena.
101:10 Lk 24:4; Yn 20:12; Mt 28:3; Mk 16:5; Mdo 10:3, 30Walipokuwa bado wakikaza macho yao kuelekea juu alipokuwa akienda zake Mbinguni, tazama ghafula, wanaume wawili waliovaa mavazi meupe wakasimama karibu nao, 111:11 Mdo 2:7; Mt 16:27; Lk 21:27; 1Tim 3:16; Mdo 1:7wakasema, “Enyi watu wa Galilaya, mbona mnasimama mkitazama juu angani? Huyu Yesu aliyechukuliwa kutoka kwenu kwenda Mbinguni, atarudi tena jinsi iyo hiyo mlivyomwona akienda zake Mbinguni.”
Mathiya Achaguliwa Badala Ya Yuda
121:12 Lk 24:52; Mt 21:1Ndipo waliporudi Yerusalemu kutoka Mlima wa Mizeituni, uliokuwa karibu na Yerusalemu, umbali wa mwendo wa Sabato1:12 Mwendo wa Sabato hapa ina maana umbali wa mita 1,100. kutoka mjini. 131:13 Mdo 9:37; 20:8; Mt 10:2-4; Mk 3:16-19Walipowasili mjini Yerusalemu, walikwenda ghorofani kwenye chumba walichokuwa wakiishi. Wale waliokuwepo walikuwa: Petro, Yohana, Yakobo, Andrea, Filipo, Tomaso, Bartholomayo, Mathayo, Yakobo mwana wa Alfayo, Simoni Zelote1:13 Zelote hapa ina maana alikuwa mwanachama wa Wazelote, kikundi cha Kiyahudi cha kupinga jeuri ya Warumi. na Yuda mwana wa Yakobo. 141:14 Lk 18:1; 23:49-55; Mt 12:46Hawa wote waliungana pamoja katika maombi. Pamoja nao walikuwepo wanawake kadha, na Maria mama yake Yesu, pamoja na ndugu zake Yesu.
151:15 Ufu 3:4Katika siku hizo Petro akasimama katikati ya waumini (jumla yao wote walikuwa watu wapatao 120), akasema, 161:16 Mt 10:4; Yn 13:18“Ndugu zangu, ilibidi Andiko litimie ambalo Roho Mtakatifu alitabiri kupitia kwa Daudi kumhusu Yuda aliyewaongoza wale waliomkamata Yesu. 171:17 Yn 6:70-71; Mt 10:4; Lk 6:16; Mdo 12:25; 20:24; 21:19Yuda alikuwa mmoja wetu, kwa maana na yeye alichaguliwa ashiriki katika huduma hii.”
181:18 Mt 26:14-15; 27:3-10(Basi Yuda alinunua shamba kwa zile fedha za uovu alizopata; akiwa huko shambani akaanguka, akapasuka na matumbo yote yakatoka nje. 191:19 Yn 5:2Kila mtu Yerusalemu akasikia habari hizi, kwa hiyo wakapaita mahali hapo kwa lugha yao, Akeldama, yaani Shamba la Damu).
201:20 Za 69:25; 109:8“Kama vile ilivyoandikwa katika kitabu cha Zaburi,
“ ‘Mahali pake na pawe ukiwa,
wala asiwepo yeyote atakayeishi humo,’
“ ‘Mtu mwingine aichukue nafasi yake ya uongozi.’
211:21 Yn 15:27Kwa hiyo inatubidi tumchague mtu mwingine miongoni mwa wale ambao wamekuwa pamoja nasi wakati wote Bwana Yesu alipoingia na kutoka katikati yenu, 221:22 Mk 1:4; Lk 24:48kuanzia ubatizo wa Yohana mpaka siku aliyochukuliwa kutoka kwetu kwenda Mbinguni. Kwa kuwa mmoja wao inabidi awe shahidi pamoja nasi wa ufufuo wake.”
231:23 Mdo 15:22Wakapendekeza majina ya watu wawili: Yosefu, aitwaye Barsaba (ambaye pia alijulikana kama Yusto) na Mathiya. 241:24 Mdo 13:3; 14:23; 1Sam 16:7; Ufu 2:23Kisha wakaomba, wakasema, “Bwana, wewe waujua moyo wa kila mtu. Tuonyeshe ni yupi kati ya hawa wawili uliyemchagua 251:25 Mdo 1:17ili achukue nafasi ya huduma ya utume ambayo Yuda aliiacha ili aende mahali pake mwenyewe.” 261:26 Mdo 2:14Kisha wakawapigia kura, nayo kura ikamwangukia Mathiya, naye akaongezwa kwenye wale mitume kumi na mmoja.