“Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.
Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), and Judas (son of James). 14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
During this time, when about 120 believers[b] were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”
The first thing the disciples did after Jesus ascended was to pray. The Scripture says they were united in prayer. I love this! At a time of great confusion, loss, and betrayal, these followers of Christ, together, went to God. And, through their prayers, they were united.
Still there must have been some grief or some emotional unrest or sadness. In the midst of this, Peter stands up and says, “This had to happen. Scripture had to be fulfilled.” He was bringing a full picture, and perhaps some redemption, to a very difficult time. What a leader! And then Peter makes this statement, “Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.” Judas was with them and there was ministry work completed. He shared in the ministry. Let’s not forget this.
Q: When have you stood up and proclaimed truth even though you were experiencing pain?
Q: When have you reminded people of the good someone brings even after they have made a very bad choice, even a choice of betrayal?
As leaders this is not easy but God calls us to these places of leadership. Situations like this require that we know the Word, that we see the big picture, and they require living a life of forgiveness. Yes, leaders forgive regularly.
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