Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.
In 1957, Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb starred in a movie called 12 Angry Men. It’s an unusual film because it’s almost exclusively set in one room, the jury room of a courthouse. For an hour and a half, the cameras pan from face to face as the jurors debate the guilt or innocence of an eighteen-year-old accused of murder. Today 12 Angry Men is considered a classic, and is rated as one of the most inspiring films ever made.
The twelve men who really changed the world weren’t angry, and they didn’t stay in one room—not even the Upper Room. Filled with the Spirit, they took the Gospel to the ends of the earth. When their critics saw them they “perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men …. And they realized they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Only twelve—and one fell away and was replaced—but think of what Christ can do with a dozen ordinary people who deny themselves, take up their crosses, and follow Him. Think of what He can do with you.
The propagation of the Gospel and the founding of the church hinged entirely on twelve men whose most outstanding characteristic was their ordinariness.