Today’s Reading: Acts 1:15-26
“And they cast lots for them and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord Jesus doesn’t stop at elevens. He has Twelves–twelve tribes and twelve apostles. He doesn’t stop at elevens, He gets His Twelve.
Judas was one of the Twelve. He preached the Gospel. He gave out the gifts of Jesus. But he fell away. He chose his own way, handed Jesus over to the chief priests and teachers of the Law to be crucified, and when he realized the evil that he had done, he went and hanged himself.
But that left the Lord with eleven Apostles. He can’t have that! He does twelves! So, a call meeting! Two candidates are presented: Barsabbas, who is called Justus, and Matthias. The Apostles prayed, they cast lots, and left it up to the Lord Jesus. The lot fell on Matthias.
St. Matthias didn’t do anything the world would call super spectacular. The Holy Ministry isn’t about the man and the great things he does anyway. That would glorify the individual pastor.
The glory in the ministry goes to the Lord Jesus. That’s His way: He uses men to deliver His gifts to us–to call us to repentance unto the forgiveness of sins into our ears. Law, then Gospel. Sin, then grace. Death, then life.
The pastor isn’t the means of grace. He’s the tool of the Lord to deliver the Lord’s gift. The Apostle is only as good as the way in which the Lord uses him. The glory rests upon Jesus.
St. Matthias, too. Thank God for Matthias. He was the Lord’s–His Apostle. He did what Jesus gave him to do and went where he was sent. And we believe the Gospel preached by the Lord’s Apostles–even St. Matthias. Glory be to Jesus. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Almighty God, You chose Your servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve. Grant that Your Church, ever preserved from false teachers, may be taught and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” (Collect for St. Matthias Day)