“Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; and James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who also betrayed Him.” – Matthew 10:2-4
For the first time in his book, Matthew is listing the twelve men Jesus has called out to be His special disciples. Jesus has given them authority, as His representatives, to operate with His power in casting out demons and healing every kind of disease and affliction (Matthew 10:1).
Now Matthew uses a different word to identity this group. He calls them “apostles,” translated from the Greek word apolstolōn, which means a delegate or messenger. The term specifically implies someone “sent out” on behalf of their master. In the business world of the time, an apostolos might be given the authority to buy and sell on behalf of an owner or to give specific orders in his name. These apostles will do the same, casting out demons, healing the sick, and teaching about the kingdom of heaven—all in the name of Jesus. Their relationship to Jesus goes beyond that of mere disciples, or students, of the Master. Jesus has elevated this group as His official “sent ones.”
We are also the “sent ones”, the ones that are charged as disciples of Jesus to be sent out on behalf of our Master. We are to be a reflection of Jesus. A reflection of Him each and every day. We are a continuation of the 12.
How are you reflecting Him today?