They Were Just Twelve Men

“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.” Mark 6:7

Reminiscent of the pairs of animals packing their way into Noah’s ark, Jesus sent out His disciples two-by-two into the sea that was their mission field. Take a look at what we know of these twelve men – fishermen, a tax collector, a doubter or two, a traitor – they were just twelve men. Yet, two by two, Jesus sent them into the surrounding communities with a message. His message. The Kingdom of God is here!

With very little, Jesus did very much! That’s always the way the Lord works. From nothing, He created everything. From one pair He populated the earth. From one chosen man He created the nation of Israel. From the nation of Israel, He chose One Man. From the perfect life, sacrifice, death, and resurrection of this perfect Jesus Christ, the Lord has had mercy on the world.

And with a handful of seemingly insignificant men, Jesus set out to change the world. These men (minus Judas Iscariot; plus Matthias) would shine the Light of Jesus’ forgiveness in a world darkened by death and sadness. These simple men sought out those lost to the world’s lies and shared with them the Truth!

There is a better way than what this world offers. There has always been a better way. Jesus Christ is the Way. From the tireless proclamation of just twelve men, Jesus Christ extended His church throughout the world.

He has established His church. If you are a Christian, you are an important part of Jesus’ church. He has sent you, like one of the original Twelve, to the community in which you live. You are entrusted with the Light of the world. As you come bearing that light, darkness and demons dissipate before you and lives are healed. Your friends and neighbors have been waiting for you to bring the healing light of Jesus. They are painfully aware the answers of the world fall short. They are ready for the Truth! They are ready for the Good News of Jesus. God strengthen you and armor you as He sends you to share it.

“Hark, the voice of Jesus crying, “Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting—
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
Rich reward He offers thee.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?”
Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying (LSB, 826)

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