He appointed twelve - designating them apostles - that they might be with him…
Here we see what Christianity is all about! Jesus calls the twelve to be with Him.
Ultimately, this is what God is doing through Jesus – bringing us to be with Him. And it begins by becoming a daily student of the Teacher. Being with Jesus!
For nearly three years these men will be Jesus’ constant companions. They will enter His University. Study at His feet. Go everywhere with Him and gradually throughout their lives become more like Him.
Jesus calls them apostles. This word means - one who is sent. When they are fully trained, the Teacher will send His students out into the world to call others.
Each new student will also learn to be with the Teacher. They too will learn to live life everyday with a sense of His presence! To sit at His feet and to be trained to become more like Him.
And they will have the same mission. As they become more like Jesus, others will want to become serious students of Jesus also.
As Jesus calls these first students we see the beginning of His plan. Where does it all end?
Where it starts! Where it goes every step of the way!
His students will be with Him…forever!