Acts of the Apostles. (2)
Note:- Although the Apostles are mentioned collectively in various places, the book is mainly about Peter (1-12) and Paul 2.5 times as much (8-28).
What does the text say? – Luke refers to his former account of Jesus life, death and resurrection appearances when Jesus Commanded His disciples to “wait for the Promise of the Father” the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Who would give them Power to be His witnesses all over the world. Then, as they watched, Jesus ascended to heaven, men in white said “This same Jesus” would return to earth in the same way. The 11 apostles then returned to Jerusalem and continued in prayer with the women and Jesus’ mother and brothers. Peter referred to Psalm 109:8 “Let another take his office” so from the 120 other men who had been Jesus’ disciples from the beginning, after prayer they chose Matthias to replace Judas Iscariott.
Application? – Have I waited to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit before witnessing to Jesus’ Power in my life? Or have I thought I could do so effectively in my own strength? Do I believe the same Jesus who ascended to heaven will return in a similar way? Jesus had far more ‘ordinary’ disciples like me than Apostles while on earth; I am responsible for spreading the Good News of Jesus’ Sacrifice everywhere, in my own home, among my wider family, and to the uttermost parts of the earth – am I fulfilling my responsibilities? The disciples chose Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot – yet it seems that Jesus Himself chose Saul(Paul). Do I ever get in too much of a hurry to fulfil a need and make a mistake? Would I be wise to always ask the Lord for independent confirmation before taking steps - especially if they involve other people?
Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) “This is the New Testament’s last mention of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Esteemed and honoured though she was as mother of the Saviour, the Apostles gave not the slightest indication of feeling the need of her mediation between them and Christ” . . . . “Matthias was chosen to take Judas’ place . . . nothing further is known of Matthias.”