Ordination on the Mountain

Ordination Services are held in churches. Right? Not always! Jesus conducted one on a mountain. It had more impact than any other ordination. Mark 3:13-19a recounts this event: “And He goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto Him whom He would: and they came unto Him, and He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. And Simon He surnamed Peter; and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and He surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed Him.” Jesus ordained twelve men; twelve very unlikely men, including one traitor. Surely, this was a mistake! Not on your life! Jesus empowered them! Eleven of them were in ministry to bear fruit. (See John 15:16). They spread the Gospel, reached Gentiles, were involved in the beginning, establishing and growing of the church. Fruit was borne from that time on. It has continued through the centuries, right down to any of us who have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior! It will continue through years to come. “O Lord, You called disciples, proclaiming, “Come and see!” And so an invitation began your ministry. Then Andrew called his brother, and Peter came to You; more men and women followed, and little children, too. You met a busy woman out in the noon-day sun. You shared God’s love, You listened; You told all she had done. She called her friends and neighbors and brought them face to face with you, the living water, the bearer of God’s grace. O Christ, Your invitation has reached from year to year! Through some who heard You calling, a church was founded here. As faithful people served You so many years ago, they soon invited others; Your church began to grow. God, by Your Holy Spirit, now send us in Your name to serve the lost and outcast, the poor for whom You came. Through gifts of hope and healing, through loving ministry, may we reach out, inviting the world to “Come and see!” (“O Lord, You Called Disciples” By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette). Selah! Are you an unlikely Person for God to use? What Jesus did for and through those twelve, He can, in a measure, do for and through those of us who know Him.   Ron

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