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1 Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3 After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. 3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men 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.
4 As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but "must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. 4 On 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.
5 John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon." 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
6 When they were together for the last time they asked, "Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?" 6 So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
7 He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business. 7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
8 What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world." 8 But 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."
9 These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared - in white robes! 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
11 They said, "You Galileans! - why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly - and mysteriously - as he left." 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."
12 So they left the mountain called Olives and returned to Jerusalem. It was a little over half a mile. 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city.
13 They went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas, son of James. 13 When 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 and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
14 They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus' mother, Mary, and his brothers. Replacing Judas 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 During this time, Peter stood up in the company - there were about one hundred twenty of them in the room at the time - 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)
16 and said, "Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. 16 and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus--
17 Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry. 17 he was one of our number and shared in this ministry."
18 "As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. 18 (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
19 Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 It's exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let his farm become haunted So no one can ever live there. "And also what was written later: Let someone else take over his post. 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,' and, " 'May another take his place of leadership.'
21 "Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection." 22 beginning 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."
23 They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. 23 So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.
24 Then they prayed, "You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose 24 Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
25 to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way." 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs."
26 They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles. 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.