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United In Christ — Sunday Thought For The Day

Sunday, October 9, 2016 12:03
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The following was written for October 9, 2016, “Our Daily Rant”
Amy Boucher Pye:

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he
might send them out to preach. Mark 3:14

When we come across a list of names in the Bible, we might be
tempted to skip over it. But we can find treasures there, such as
in the list of the twelve apostles whom Jesus called to serve in
His name. Many are familiar—Simon whom Jesus called Peter, the
rock. Brothers James and John, fishermen. Judas Iscariot, the
betrayer. But we could easily overlook that Matthew the tax
collector and Simon the Zealot must once have been enemies.

Matthew collected taxes for Rome, and therefore, in the eyes of
his fellow Jews, collaborated with the enemy. Tax collectors were
despised for their corrupt practices and for requiring the Jewish
people to give money to an authority other than God. On the other
hand, before Jesus’s call, Simon the Zealot was devoted to a group
of Jewish nationalists who hated Rome and sought to overturn it,
often through aggressive and violent means.

Christ gives us unity with each other.
Although Matthew and Simon held opposing political beliefs, the
Gospels don’t document them bickering or fighting about them. They
must have had at least some success in leaving their previous
allegiances behind as they followed Christ.

When we too fix our eyes on Jesus, the God who became Man, we
can find increasing unity with our fellow believers through the
bond of the Holy Spirit.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You exist in perfect harmony. May
Your Spirit dwell in us that the world might see You, and

Our strongest allegiance is to Christ, who gives us unity with
each other.

The Twelve had two things in common. They were the first to become
Rabbi Jesus’s disciples. Accepting the role of a rabbi’s disciple
in ancient Israel meant living in the rabbi’s presence full-time,
diligently absorbing his teachings, and recruiting more followers.
Aside from Judas Iscariot, all lived up to the demands of being a
disciple. Second, aside from John, all of the faithful eleven
disciples gave their life spreading the message of Jesus. Only John
appears to have died of natural causes. This is one of the reasons
we often hear about the cost of discipleship. Though we will not
all pay that cost in the same way, every disciple will face the
challenges and struggles of following Jesus.

READ:Mark 3:13-19
13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he
would: and they came unto him.

14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and
that he might send them forth to preach,

15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out

16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;

17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James;
and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and
Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the

19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went
into an house.

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