Why Jesus Choose 12 Disciples [2]

Tuesday 4th February 2020 Devotion

Scripture:- Luke 5:2-11

Topic:- Why Jesus Choose 12 Disciples [2]

Text:- Mark 3:13

B. It was no accident that He chose twelve:
God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were divided into twelve tribes. And as Jesus calls out a new people for Himself, He starts with twelve men who will form the basis of a new Israel.
The power of God was clearly at work in calling these men, but it is doubtful whether they knew the full extent of what they were signing up for when they began as Jesus’ disciples.
They knew that they had to leave their current jobs and the security that those gave. But it was only as Jesus neared the end of His earthly life that He explained to them the real cost of discipleship.
Ultimately, what Jesus required of His followers was the willingness to give up everything for Him. He put it in very stark terms when He said that anyone who wanted to follow Him must take up his cross and follow Him. See Luke 9:23.
In other words, they were to be prepared to die for Him. For some, their allegiance to Christ resulted in their being killed. And yet what Jesus asked of His disciples wasn’t more than He was willing to do Himself as He demonstrated when He freely gave His own life on the cross as a once-for-all sacrifice for human sin.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He “graduated” His disciples, as was the custom of the rabbi. He instructed them to go and proclaim the good news of the kingdom and in addition, He told them that they would be able to do everything that He had taught them to do. See Matthew 28:19-20.

The book of Acts and the subsequent history of the Church reveal that Jesus’ disciples did precisely that. Through their witness and work, the disciples—also called “apostles” (that is, “sent ones”)—fearlessly preached the death and resurrection of Jesus, heralded the arrival of a new way of living, and performed mighty miracles to back up their claims. As commanded, they took the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Christ established the pattern for all of His disciples with His initial choosing of the Twelve. As Jesus made clear throughout the Gospels and as His Apostles made clear throughout their New Testament writings, not everyone who calls Jesus “Savior” can be counted as a disciple.
To follow Jesus means today what it has always meant. A disciple must devote his or her entire life to follow the Lord, train as His student, and study His Word. Eventually, the disciple will be able to do everything his Master has called him to do. See Philippians 4:13.
And through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus promises to be with His followers “to the very end of the age.” See Matthew 28:19-20.

Prayer Point: Oh Lord God, help me to be good disciple unto You henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have A Wonderful Tuesday!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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