Luke 6:12–16 (ESV)
The Twelve Apostles
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named
apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was
called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Jesus chooses 12 men as His apostles, an office specifically
appointed by Jesus for the early years of the Church. Today, Jesus continues to call people for various roles of service in the Church, depending on God’s order, our gifts, and the Church’s needs. There are no self-appointed offices in God’s
Church. He calls people and extends His care by His gracious and good will.
I pray: “Make them apostles, heralds of Your cross; Forth let them go to tell the world
of grace. Inspired by You, may they count all but loss And stand at last with joy before Your face.” Amen. (LSB 682:5)
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia
Publishing House, 2009), 1720.