With His Promises and Blessings, We Wait!
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to
teach 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 suffering,
Jesus showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he
He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the
kingdom of God.
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. 5For John baptized with water, but in
a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 So when they met
together, they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
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 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 After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a
cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly
two men dressed in white stood beside them. 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.”