Day 32 | He Gave Them Power
August 31, 2015 - WEEK FIVE
James Tissot, Jesus Discourses with His Disciples, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- What qualifications must an apostle of Jesus Christ have? What do apostles do?
- How do you deal with rejection?
- What is it about true charity that draws us to Christ?
[A] little while before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus went out to a mountain near Capernaum. As was usual, now, in His life, a large crowd followed Him. But He left the crowd, and went to the top of the mountain, so he could be all alone with His Father in Heaven, unto whom He prayed all night….
Undoubtedly, many of his most ardent followers remained at the mountain also all night, for “When it was day, He called unto Him His disciples, and of them He chose twelve whom also He named apostles.”
The word Apostle means an “Envoy” or “one who is sent.” An apostle is a “Special witness of the name of Christ in all the world.”
In all the accounts given of this important event, Peter’s name is mentioned first, indicating that he was chosen as the chief apostle and was undoubtedly appointed and set apart as the President of the Council of Twelve…
These twelve men were, for the most part, Galilean fishermen who labored at their trade on the shores of Galilee. Matthew, however, was a publican, and therefore despised by the Jews; and Judas was a Judean. Some of the leaders of the Jews thought that they were “unlearned and ignorant men.’ Unlearned they were; but not ignorant; for by their wisdom and preaching, they overthrew the whole edifice of human wisdom, and led the world to the light of truth” (David O. McKay, Ancient Apostles, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1964), 26–29).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Do you think Jesus was really speaking about how to build houses–or about how to build lives?
- If we do not build our lives on gospel principles, what dangers do we face?