What's Next ?

When I go to see a movie at the theater, my first indication of “did I like this movie?” is if I say “I don’t want it to be over – what happens next?” After the resurrection and Jesus appearing to the disciples, He leaves and the story ends. That’s what I get, but I want to know what happens next. Acts is the transition to the post Jesus in our world life of his followers, especially Acts 1 & 2. I enjoyed reading this week's text, Acts 2:1-21, and learning about how they selected a replacement for Judas. It’s like a movie where all the seemingly disconnected points get brought together.

We first hear of Matthias in Luke 19: 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today."6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.

Oh, if he only knew. The Eastern and Russian Orthodox hold a long-standing tradition that Matthias, the apostle elected to replace Judas, is in fact “Zacchaeus Matthias.” Matthias endured much torture and was finally stoned to death but during the ordeal remained a faithful follower of Christ and was never forsaken. See http://www.acrod.org/readingroom/saints/matthias for some interesting reading.

But Acts tells us “the rest of the story” and keeps enthusiasm alive that we continue because Christ isn’t finished yet. The journey continues and every day we have the opportunity to see what God has in store for us. THAT’s exciting. Reverend Leon Kelly likes to use Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” A reminder that God acts every day in our lives. The Message version says “This is the very day God acted - let's celebrate and be festive!” So yes, every day may I celebrate and be festive that God is in my life. Amen

Terry Luce

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