“Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us—from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, know everyone’s hearts; show which of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry that Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.
We have to be proud of the disciples for addressing this difficult thing. That there were twelve of them was deliberate. There was a disciple for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. They represented God’s elect in the Old Testament and because of their testimony, we know the gospel today. So, in this final ever casting of lots in the Bible, Matthias brought the eleven back to the biblically complete twelve. He had been there all along – even since the baptism of John (v.22).
The ministry battlefield is fraught with the corpses of pastoral careers derailed by duplicity. What do you do when someone you thought was fully devoted to Jesus falls? You do what the disciples did in today’s text. God worked even through Judas. Judas was among the disciples as they were temporarily commissioned as apostles to go out and evangelize in Mark 6:7.
Every word a fallen leader taught you from the Word of God is still true today. Your faith was in God and that imperfect man who failed you was simply His flawed messenger. The gospel is intact. Besides, if it were not for the fall of Judas, Matthias would not have been drafted into the pros like this!
Do you harbor unforgiveness in your heart toward a fallen leader? Have you used his or her failure as an excuse for your own? Do you resonate with Matthias? Is this your moment?
Pray: Pray for the pastoral staff of Highlands Community Church: that their marriages would be intimate, fruitful, anointed, and protected replicas of the relationship between Christ and His Church.