We’re continuing our reminding ourselves of our history and mission as a church of Jesus Christ by reading the book of Acts.
Today we’re in Acts chapter 1. We’ll be reading verses 12 through 26.
In these verses we see the disciples returning to the Upper Room in Jerusalem from the Mount of Oliver where they had just experienced Jesus ascending to heaven.
Once back in Jerusalem, the disciples chose someone to replace Judas Iscariot. And the purpose of this replacing of Judas is so that this individual can serve in a special way with the other eleven apostles as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Disciples Return to Upper Room in Jerusalem
Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Disciples Replace Judas
Peter Initiates the Process
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms,
Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein:
and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Disciples Appoint Matthias
23 And they appointed two,
Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and
24 And they prayed, and said,
Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Disciples Cast Lots
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.