Today’s reading is Acts 1.
Why was Judas replaced as an apostle? Have you ever noticed Peter’s reason? It was not because Judas had died. Apostles were not replaced at death (at least there is no biblical indication they were). No, Peter says they needed to choose someone “to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” Judas needed to be replaced because he gave up his place among the apostles. The fact is we still have apostles today. Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Thomas, Matthew, Bartholomew, James the Less, Simon, Thaddeaus, Matthias. Paul is one (perhaps a couple others depending on your view of a few passages). Of course, none of these men still live on earth. But they are still our apostles. They didn’t get replaced when they died. Judas didn’t get replaced because he died. He got replaced because he abandoned his place. He would have been replaced even if he hadn’t killed himself. This reminds us that the apostles and prophets of the New Covenant are still the foundation of Christ’s church with Jesus as the chief cornerstone (see Ephesians 2:20). Thank God for these men, His instruments to bring His Word in the world and establish His kingdom of light.
Next week’s reading is Acts 2.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch what I shared with your parents about Judas. I want to highlight it for you today mainly because it is one of those biblical points that I missed for years and years. I don’t know how many times I had read Acts and just believed Judas was replaced because he died. In fact, I didn’t even notice what the text said for myself. Someone else showed it to me. I bring this up simply because I want to encourage you to talk with others about what you are reading. I know we like to think about “just me and my Bible.” However, when it is just me and my Bible, I miss things. Certainly, we don’t need to sit around just discussing, “What it means to me.” We need to figure out what it means to God. However, we also need to recognize that I probably won’t figure out what it means to God on my own. But discussing the Word with others will get me closer. So keep reading. Keep studying. Keep learning. And keep talking about this great Book with others.