1In the first book, O The-oph'ilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,2until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.3To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God.4And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me,5for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."6So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"7He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.8But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama'ria and to the end of the earth."9And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,11and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
|Psalms 47: 2 - 3, 6 - 9|
|2||For the LORD, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth.|
|3||He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.|
|6||Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!|
|7||For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!|
|8||God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.|
|9||The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!|