Acts 1:1-11

Jesus speaks to his apostles and he goes up to heaven

1 Jesus began to do many things when he was living on earth. He also began to teach people many things. I told you about all these things in the first book that I wrote for you, Theophilus. 2 Those 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. 3 Jesus died and then 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 sure that he was really alive again. During this time Jesus spoke to his apostles about the kingdom of God.

1:1That first book is called ‘Luke’.
1:3We can read about this in Luke 24.

4 One time when Jesus and his apostles were together, he said to them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem yet. You must wait there to receive my Father's gift. My Father promised to give it to you. I have already told you about it. 5 John baptized people with water, but after a few days God will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

6 While 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?’

7 Jesus replied, ‘My Father decides when things will happen in the world. You do not need to know what day or time that this will happen. 8 But 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.’

9 When 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.

10 The apostles were still looking carefully up into the sky when suddenly two men appeared. They were wearing white clothes and they stood near the apostles.

1:10We think that these men were angels.

11 The 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.’