Chapter 30: He Ordained Twelve

March 4, 2007

There was a poster in the old Eaton town hall of Uncle Sam pointing right at me. “Uncle Sam Wants You!” it said. I must have been old enough to read, but young enough to feel dwarfed and impressed. He scared me, and there was an ominous sneer about him. I picture some Adventists feeling toward God as I did under that poster. God does want me to partner with Him, but if first I fully understand that God is Love beyond human love, and that he wants me to respond beyond duty and patriotism, then there is joy in this partnership.

This chapter is humanizing to Jesus and the disciples. I was at once encouraged and discouraged by the 12’s humanity and weakness. That the instruction of Jesus can drive apart or together those who claim Him. There are some key passages that are instructive for us as followers and ministers together.

“The Savior loved them all, but John’s was the most receptive spirit. He was younger than the others, and with more of the child’s confiding trust he opened his heart to Jesus. Thus he came more into sympathy with Christ, and through him the Saviour’s deepest spiritual teaching was communicated to His people.” DA299

Oh to come into sympathy with Christ! I often wonder when I read, how might I have related to Jesus if I had been there; so I treasure John’s response. Do you think we can respond today in the same way?

“Judas believed Jesus to be the Messiah; and by joining the apostles, he hoped to secure a high position in the new kingdom. This hope Jesus designed to cut off…” DA300

Jesus used a statement of his own poverty to try to dissuade Judas who had “urged his presence among them.”

“Judas had the same opportunities as had the other disciples. He listened to the same precious lessons. But the practice of the truth, which Christ required, was at variance with the desires and purposes of Judas, and he would not yield his ideas in order to received wisdom from Heaven.” DA301

I have no doubt that Judas considered his own ideas concerning the kingdom of God to be inspired of God. What ideas do we have that we need cut down? Yet, Jesus dealt kindly with him.

“How tenderly the Saviour dealt with him who was to be His betrayer!” DA301

Two closing thoughts that are key in our own calling. Realities of ministry in partnership with Christ.

1. “All the disciples had serious faults when Jesus called them to His service.” DA302.

2. “Christ is the great center, and they would approach one another just in proportion as they approached the center.” DA303.

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