Well, folks, we’ve got some real crazy going on in our lesson from Acts today.
Ascension Day was on Thursday, and Jesus has left.
Now what are we supposed to do?
And Pentecost is some days off both for us and the original disciples. The Holy Spirit, called the Comforter, has not arrived yet and we find ourselves rather at a loss as to what to do next.
Luckily, Peter has an idea.
Peter always has an idea, and he always wants to share it. Whether it is building booths on the mountainside for Jesus, Elijah and Moses or jumping out of a boat in a storm to walk on water to test if Jesus is a ghost, Peter is nothing if not a man of action.
So Peter says that the next step for us to take is to find a replacement for Judas.
Jesus wanted twelve apostles, and so, by God, we’re going to have twelve apostles.
Who has been with us since day one? Who has been here since we first saw John the Baptist baptizing in the River Jordan?
Everyone looks around the room and two names come up: Joseph called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias.
I see two very different men when I picture these two in my head. Continue reading