After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them1 over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.24
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait3 for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.45For John baptized witha water,5 but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."66
So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore7 the kingdom to Israel?"
He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.88But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;9 and you will be my witnesses10 in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,11 and to the ends of the earth."129
After he said this, he was taken up13 before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white14 stood beside them.
"Men of Galilee,"15 they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back16 in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
Then they returned to Jerusalem17 from the hill called the Mount of Olives,18 a Sabbath day's walkb from the city.
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room19 where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.20