When I read or hear the word “apostle,” the famous painting by artist Leonardo da Vinci of Jesus and his twelve apostles together for the very last time at the Last Supper, comes to mind. Jesus appointed these specially chosen twelve men to proclaim and teach the gospel. If these apostles were alive today, I suppose they would be similar to administrative assistants, holding integral roles.
And what steadfast faith these twelve men had! Their full trust of Jesus was evident. All Christians should be in awe of the faith and dedication of the apostles in their work proclaiming and teaching the gospel.
Have you ever wondered what the word “apostle” means? The word comes from the Greek word apostolos (the prefix “from” and the root “I send”). Originally, the word “apostle meant” messenger. The word was later translated into Latin as mission, the source of the English word “missionary.”
Dear God, we are thankful that the apostles proclaimed the gospel message in their day and that their work has continued down through the generations. Amen. — DD