Jesus speaks to his apostles and he goes up to heaven
1Jesus did many things when he was living on earth. He also taught people many things. I told you about all these things in the first book that I wrote for you, Theophilus. #1:1 That first book is called ‘Luke’. 2Those are the things that Jesus did before God took him up into heaven. Jesus had chosen some men to be his apostles. With the power of the Holy Spirit he told them what they must do. 3After Jesus died on the cross, he became alive again. During the 40 days after that, he showed himself many times to his apostles. He showed himself in different ways. Then they could be really sure that he was alive again. During this time, Jesus spoke to his apostles about the kingdom of God. #1:3 We can read about this in Luke 24.
4One time, when Jesus and his apostles were together, he said to them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem yet. You must wait there until you receive my Father's gift. My Father promised to give it to you. I have already told you about it. 5John baptized people with water, but after a few days God will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
6While Jesus' apostles were together with him, they asked him, ‘Lord, at this time will you now give the kingdom back to us, the people of Israel?’
7Jesus replied, ‘My Father decides when things will happen in the world. You do not need to know the day or the time when this will happen. 8But the Holy Spirit will come to you, and he will give you power. The Holy Spirit will make your spirit strong. Then you will tell other people everywhere in the world about me. You will do that in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria and in places far away.’
9When Jesus had finished speaking to his apostles, God took him up to heaven. The apostles watched Jesus while he went up. Then a cloud hid him and they could not see him any more.
10The apostles were still looking carefully up into the sky when suddenly two men appeared. #1:10 We think that these men were angels. They were wearing white clothes and they stood near the apostles.
11The men said to the apostles, ‘You men from Galilee, you should not still be standing here and looking up into the sky. God has taken Jesus into heaven. You saw the way that Jesus went up to heaven. One day, he himself will return in the same way.’
The apostles choose Matthias
12Then the apostles left the Mount of Olives. #1:12 All this happened on the east side of the Mount of Olives. This hill is between Jerusalem and the town of Bethany. Olive trees grow there. They returned to Jerusalem. This was a walk of about 1 kilometre. 13When the apostles arrived back in Jerusalem, they went to their room. The room where they were staying was upstairs. Those apostles were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; also James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas, the son of James. #1:13 A Zealot was someone who fought for his government or against the Roman government.
14All these apostles often met together to pray. Mary who was Jesus' mother, other women and Jesus' brothers also met with them. 15One day, about 120 people who believed in Jesus were meeting together. Peter stood up and he said to them, 16‘My friends, long ago, the Holy Spirit gave King David a message to speak from God. #1:16 David was a great king of Israel's people, about 1,000 years before Christ came to this earth. See 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 2 Samuel 7:8-9; 8:15. He spoke about the things that Judas would do. Judas was the one who showed the soldiers how to catch Jesus. These things had to happen in the way that David wrote in the Bible long ago. #1:16 We can read more about what Judas did in Luke 22. 17Judas belonged to our group of disciples. Jesus chose him to work together with us.’
18Judas received some money for the bad thing that he did. He bought a field with that money. But he fell down in that field and he died. His body broke open and the inside parts of his body poured out. 19All the people who lived in Jerusalem heard about his death. So they called that field ‘Akeldama’ in their own language. ‘Akeldama’ means ‘The Field of Blood’. #1:19 We can read about Judas and the money in Matthew 27:3-7.
20Peter then said, ‘This is what King David wrote in the book of Psalms:
“Let the house that he lived in become empty,
so that nobody lives in it.” #1:20 See Psalms 69:25.
David also wrote:
“Let somebody else do the job which he did.” ’ #1:20 See Psalms 109:8.
21Peter then said, ‘Because of this, we must choose another man instead of Judas. That man must have been one of our group all the time that the Lord Jesus was with us. 22That is, from the time when John was baptizing people until the time when Jesus went up to heaven. He must be someone who saw Jesus become alive again after he died, as we did.’
23So the apostles agreed the names of two men. One of them was Joseph. People also called him Barsabbas and sometimes people called him Justus. The other man was called Matthias. 24Then the whole group prayed, ‘Lord, you know what everybody is really like. Please show us which man you have chosen. 25Which of these two men do you want to be an apostle instead of Judas? Judas left his work as an apostle. He has now gone to the place where he belongs.’
26Then the group used lots to choose the name of one man. It happened that they chose Matthias. So Matthias now became the 12th apostle, together with the other 11 men.