#1: Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

Acts 1:1-5

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them 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. 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. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Does this look a bit familiar?
Luke’s Gospel begins with a ‘Dear Theophilus’. Here it is the same Theophilus, and it is written by the same person who wrote Luke’s Gospel, so it really is vol.1 and vol.2.
The reading finishes with a great cliff-hanger ‘you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’.