Our text gives us an account of what happened shortly after Jesus ascended into heaven. The eleven disciples gathered together to decide who would replace Judas, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus and then hung himself. They prayed and then cast lots, one of which fell to Matthias. He would be the one to take over the ministry vacated by Judas. He was called to serve with the eleven. The number of the disciples once again became twelve.
The number twelve is important because it represents the twelve tribes of the Israelites. God had in mind the spiritual care of each of the twelve tribes. He didn’t want any tribe to be left out. One apostle for each tribe.
But the ministry of the apostles went beyond the twelve tribes of Israel. God had in mind the religious instruction and salvation of the world. These twelve disciples would embark on a ministry that would eventually span the entire globe over a couple of millennia. Today, we continue the ministry they began. And that ministry still has the same focus. It’s all about bringing Jesus Christ to the world.
When Jesus died, the apostles thought that was it. They had followed Jesus for three years. He died and there was nothing more for them to do. But then Jesus appeared to them. Jesus wasn’t finished with them yet. There was more for them to do, namely go into the world and tell everyone about what they had been taught and witnessed. That’s why Matthias was appointed to share in the apostles’ ministry. God had big plans for them.
God has a plan for us. It’s that we believe in and live for Him no matter what we end up doing in life. We are Christians first and foremost and then farmers, factory workers, teachers, etc.
God isn’t done with us. He has more for us to do on this planet. We are valuable to Him. If it weren’t so, He wouldn’t have died and risen for us. I hope we will heed His call of service.
May the Lord keep us all in the faith until the end when we will receive the long-awaited prize of life eternal. And may God give us the desire and strength to continue to spread the message of Jesus which Matthias and the other eleven apostles did so faithfully.