Acts 1:1 Theophilus, in my first book I wrote about all the things that Jesus did and what He told people to do while He was here on earth,
Acts 1:2 Before Jesus went to heaven. Jesus chose 12 men to be his apostles. Jesus and the Holy Spirit told them what to do when He had gone away.
Acts 1:3 After Jesus had suffered and died, He started to live again, and He came to the apostles and showed them that He was alive. He appeared to them a lot of times in 40 days, and He told them about God who is King over everyone
Acts 1:4 And when they came together, Jesus gave them this order: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised.
Acts 1:5 John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:6 The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, Lord, is this the time for you to give the people of Israel their kingdom again?
Acts 1:7 Jesus said to them, The Father is the only one who has the authority to decide dates and times. They are not for you to know.
Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:9 After Jesus said this, he was lifted up into the sky. While they were watching, he went into a cloud, and they could not see him anymore
Acts 1:10 They were staring into the sky where he had gone. Suddenly two men wearing white clothes were standing beside them.
Acts 1:11 They said, Men from Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? You saw Jesus carried away from you into heaven. He will come back in the same way you saw him go.
Acts 1:12 Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. This mountain is 1000 steps from Jerusalem.
Acts 1:13 They entered the city and went up to the room where they were staying: Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Patriot, and Judas son of James.
Acts 1:14 The apostles always prayed together with a few women and with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers were also with them.
Acts 1:15 One day there were about 120 believers together and Peter got up and said to them:
Acts 1:16 ‘Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit told King David to write about Judas in the Old Testament and that is what has happened now. Judas went to the Jewish leaders, and he told them how they could catch Jesus.
Acts 1: 17 Judas was one of us and he worked with us,
Acts 1:18 but then he took the money that the Jewish leaders gave him, and he bought a field. A few days later he fell on his face and his stomach burst open and his insides came out.
Acts 1:19 When they told the people of Jerusalem what had happened, they said the name of that field in their own language would be Akeldama. It means Field of blood.
Acts 1:20 We read these words in the book of Psalms: His house must be empty, and no one must live there. And: Someone else must do his work.