Philip found Nathaniel and told him, "We have found the man about whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote-Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth."
Nathaniel said to him, "Out of Nazareth? What good can that be?"
Philip told him, "Come and see!"
Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said about him, "Look, a true Israelite, in whom there is no falsehood!"
Nathaniel said to him, "How do you know me?"
Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
Nathaniel replied to him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that." Then he said to him, "Truly, truly I tell all of you, you will see heaven standing open and the angels of God going up and coming down to the Son of Man."
Then he opened their minds so that they might come to understand the Scriptures.
He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ was to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am sending on you what my Father promised. But stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.
For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Now those who had come together began to ask him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
He answered them, "It is not for you to know what times or periods the Father has set by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
After saying this, he was taken up while they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, two men in white robes were standing right beside them.
They asked, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go up into heaven."
Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us. As the Scriptures say, "When he went up to the highest place, he led away many prisoners and gave gifts to people." When it says, "he went up," it means that Christ had been deep in the earth. This also means that the one who went deep into the earth is the same one who went into the highest heaven, so that he would fill the whole universe. Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.