Jesus returned to heaven, he told his followers, "Now I must
leave you and go to my Father. I will send the Holy Spirit to be
with you. Stay in Jerusalem until you receive the Holy
to Jerusalem his followers went. Just a few weeks before when
Jesus was seized, they had been terrified. What if they were
too? In fear they
had hidden or run away.
followers were no longer afraid. They were changed men. They did
what the Master said without question. They had seen the risen
Lord! Joy and hope filled their hearts. How glad they were to be
Every day they
met together, and praised God, and prayed, in the large upper room
where Jesus had taken his last supper with them.
disciples chose a twelfth man to take the place which had belonged
to Judas, the traitor. His name was Matthias. With those were
Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers, and the women who had
been at the cross and the tomb, and a number of others, men and
women, who believed in Jesus as the Christ. The whole number of
the company was one hundred and twenty people. In all the world
these were all who at that time believed in Christ.