So what do you do about Judas? The apostles were dumbfounded. One of the guys that walked among them for years turned on Jesus and betrayed him. Now the question arose–since Jesus had 12 of us before, do we replace Judas?? After much prayer, the disciples through Peter’s leadership agreed to replace Judas. They nominated two men and chose Matthias. I am sure it was a scary thought to be counted as one of the 12, but God led the group to this man. Little is known about Matthias, but clearly he must have served and served well.
Often times in life we are prepared for a mission, we have no idea is coming. We go through the journey and one day, God calls us to something unexpected and amazing. As with Matthias, it is our job to be faithful and ready, it is God’s job to prepare us and place us. When we are called, however, we need to be ready to do whatever it is he has called us to joyfully and faithfully–Like Matthias.
God Bless You
those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.