21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:21-22 (NIV) —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.”
Acts 1:21-22 (NLT) — 21 “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— 22 from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 (MSG) — 21-22 “Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”
Thoughts of Devotion:
We find in this portion of Scripture that apart from the twelve disciples, there were other men that followed Jesus and participated faithfully in their ministry in an active and direct way. In Luke 10:1-2 it tells us, “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
After the void was left in leadership by Judas, there was a need to look for someone that could occupy the place as an apostle. A leadership was needed that could lead the church of the Lord, a replacement had to be found! But there were certain requirements, for example one was that the candidate for apostle had to have persevered with Jesus during his ministry and overall be a witness of his resurrection. In Acts 10:40-42, it details the important role the apostolic leadership was to carry out, “Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.”
Today the Holy Spirit seeks men and women with the quality of perseverance in their lives. Those people that throughout the years have remained faithful to the work of the Lord, and who are not moved despite the circumstances! Let us remember that our perseverance has it’s reward, remaining in the Lord brings blessings to our lives. When the moment comes to seek men and women to take privileges in the ministry, only the ones who have given testimony of perseverance will take those places! In Revelations 3:11 it tells us, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” To the faithful, those that have remained, that finish their race here on this earth, at the end of their lives, will receive their final reward. So let us go forward, let us not go back, the best is yet to come if we persevere!
Luke 10:1-2 (NKJV) — 10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
John 15:27(NKJV) — 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Mark 1:3-5 (NKJV) — 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’” 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
Acts 13:24-25 (NKJV) — 24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
Acts 3:15 (NKJV) — 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.”
Acts 4:33 (NKJV) — 33 And with great power the apostles And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 5:32 (NKJV) — 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Acts 10:40-42 (NKJV) — 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
Acts 13:30-32 (NKJV) — 30 But God raised Him from the dead. 31 He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. 32 And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers.
Luke 24:46-48 (NKJV) — 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.
John 15:26-27 (NKJV) — 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14 (NKJV) — 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
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