posted on Jun 23, 2004 - 09:28 PM
He Ascended into heaven,
and sent us the Paraclete; the
Spirit of Truth, the Comforter.
It is truly amazing to see someone, who, instead of living out life in an Ordinary way, make a total U-turn towards Christ Jesus, our true Lord and Saviour. The Apostles, being the most down-to-earth people you can meet were just Ordinary men, carrying out their daily responsibilities, with work and family. They were, by no means, the great minds of their time, they did not have any high social standing, and they did not have any special talents or abilities, in which other people could not obtain as well. We learn that the Apostles were very practical and rational people; they could not understand why Jesus, after a long, unsuccessful night of fishing, would ask them to go into the deep; when it was not customary to fish in the deep and to oddly cast out their nets in the middle of the day, as the fish do not stay at the surface due to the heat of the sun. They followed their tendencies, which caused them to be confused and evidently, fall. Peter and Andrew could not help but question Jesus but still, they obeyed and boy, were they in for a ride-a ride that would last the rest of their lives.
They were average men. For this reason, our Lord Jesus Christ chose them because of their simple hearts and humble characters-“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” (Luke. 6:12-13) He truly exalted these humble men to become great Apostle of the King of Glory. He gave them the choice to either, follow Him and He will make them fishers of men (Matt.4: 19) or to refuse this undeniable calling. Jesus gave them the command saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen." (Matt.28: 18-20)
Christ said, “Those who are well have not need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke. 5:31-32). He gave the Apostles the Power of His Spirit. We ask You, O Lord to fill us with Your life-giving Spirit as You did with Your saintly Apostles in the upper room. Fill me with hope and faith, for “upon those in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned.”(Matt. 4: 16) I have come to You as the sick one to his Physician, and as the hungry and needy to the Satisfying food, as the thirsty to the Spring of Living water, as the poor to the Source of all riches, as the sinner to the Saviour, and as the dead to the Fountain of Life, for You are my Salvation, my Healer, my Life, my Strength, my Comfort, my Joy, and my rest is in You.
"For this is God's command, that you owe nothing to anyone but the pledge of love, which God has commanded by Christ".(Rom. 13:8)
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