In Matthew Chapter 10,
we learn the names
of the 12 disciples
whom Jesus called
to be his apostles.
Luke 6:13-16 says,
One day soon afterward
Jesus went up on a mountain to pray,
and he prayed to God all night.
At daybreak he called together
all of his disciples
and chose twelve of them to be apostles.
Here are their names:
Andrew (Peter’s brother)
James (son of Zebedee)
John (James’s brother)
Nathaniel (also called Bartholomew)
Thomas (the one who doubted)
Matthew (the tax collector aka Levi)
James (son of Alphaeus)
Thaddeus (aka St.Jude)
Simon (the zealot)
Judas Iscariot (the betrayer)
who was replaced by Matthias.
These 12 men each gave their life
to carry out the message
given to them by Jesus Christ.
This past year,
I recently learned
that Jesus had many disciples -
but only 12 were called
to be his foundation stones.
“There were three gates
on each side -
east, north, south, and west.
The wall of the city
had twelve foundation stones,
and on them were written
the names of the twelve apostles
of the Lamb.”
died to self
and gave their lives
as a living sacrifice
to send forth the message
of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 10:2-8 says,
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles
with these instructions:
“Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans,
but only to the people of Israel -
God’s lost sheep.
Go and announce to them
that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Heal the sick, raise the dead,
cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons.
Give as freely as you have received!”
Jesus said so much more,
which I will explore tomorrow.
But for now, I ask you two questions:
#1 - Why do you think
Jesus told these 12 men
to only address the Israelite nation?
#2 - How can a person
say they know God
but not be aware of His presence
when He is with them?
I mean, this is not a foreign God.
This is the Most High God
standing in the flesh
right in front of them.
The creator Elohim.
The supplier and provider,
The healer and banner,
yet they could not see.
The master and sanctifier
“The Kingdom of Heaven is near”
and still they could not hear.
Now I have another question.
Paul was an apostle too,
but he was called after Jesus died,
resurrected and ascended
back into Heaven.
Paul was handpicked
to spread the gospel message to the Gentiles.
He is also considered an apostle -
because he was sent to spread the gospel.
How could a man
who hated Christians
suddenly turn from killing them
to wanting save them?
There had to be a miraculous transformation!
Acts 9 speaks to the conversion of Paul,
who's birth name was actually Saul.
He was on the road to Damascus,
getting ready to go kill more Christians
when suddenly a light shone around him
and he heard a voice call out to him.
Jesus spoke to him in that moment,
and created a way for him to be forgiven.
So, let me ask you -
If Jesus can call out to Paul from Heaven
and give him an important work to do,
then what makes you think he can't do that for you too?