Acts 1:2

1:2 taken up. Luke 24:50–52 locates the Ascension near Bethany, on the east side of the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem.

commands through the Holy Spirit. After the Resurrection Jesus communicated to His apostles the reality of His resurrection (John 20; 21), the truth of His calling as Messiah (Luke 24:44–49), the blessing of the Holy Spirit (John 20:22, 23), and the reality of His physical resurrection body (Luke 24:37–43).

he had chosen. A reference to Jesus’ original choice of His apostles (Luke 6:12–16), one of whom (Judas) Jesus knew would become a traitor.