until the day he was taken up to heaven,1 after giving instructions2 through the Holy Spirit to the apostles3 he had chosen.4
After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them5 over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.6
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait7 for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.8
For John baptized with water,9 but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."10
So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore11 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.12
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;13 and you will be my witnesses14 in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,15 and to the ends of the earth."16
After he said this, he was taken up17 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 white18 stood beside them.
"Men of Galilee,"19 they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back20 in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
Then they returned to Jerusalem21 from the hill called the Mount of Olives,22 a Sabbath day's walk from the city.
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room23 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.24
They all joined together constantly in prayer,25 along with the women26 and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.27
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