44Jesus said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. 46He said to them, "This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 Look, I’m sending to you what my Father promised, but you are to stay in the city until you have been furnished with heavenly power." 50He led them out as far as Bethany, where he lifted his hands and blessed them. 51As he blessed them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. 52They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem overwhelmed with joy. 53And they were continuously in the temple praising God.