2021_05_06 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 3-4
“He appointed the twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”
The important moment had come for Jesus to appoint twelve of his disciples that had closely followed him. They would preach Jesus' message and be given the authority to do works of power. The good news would spread quicker and further. Some of these disciples were:
James and John....Brothers
Peter and Andrew....Brothers
Peter, James and John....Fishermen
Matthew....Roman collaborating tax collector
Simon....Roman hating zealot
Judas....The betrayer of Jesus
Looking through this list, one could be forgiven for questioning what Jesus was up to. The potential for relational squabbles, power taking, political disagreements and original sin was high. Why would Jesus choose these men who were far from perfect? Jesus even knowingly picks the man who would betray him to death. Another account of this story is found in Luke. Luke 6:12-13 tells us that Jesus had spent the whole night before on a mountainside praying to God. When the morning comes, Jesus gathers the disciples and chooses twelve to be apostles. It is no accident that these men were on the A team. God used the imperfect situations that arose and accomplished his plans.
As a body of believers at New Hope, we are not supposed to look, think or act the same. Just like the twelve disciples our differences can be vast, but there is one thing we all have in common, Jesus. The unity of our faith by the power of the Holy Spirit supersedes any of our disagreements. We can choose to see our brothers and sisters in Christ as those who have also been chosen by God.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Prayer Team Lead
Guzik, D. (2018). Mark 3. enduringword.com