Friday, November 27th, 2009
"You have been built up upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets." (Ephesians 2:20)
Jesus compassionately dealt with his disciples. On the night before his death, all the apostles he had loved so much “abandoned him and fled.” (Matthew 26:56; John 13:1) The apostle Peter even denied Christ three times! Nevertheless, Jesus left a way open for his apostles to return to him. He told Peter: “I have made supplication for you that your faith may not give out; and you, when once you have returned, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32) Spiritual Israel has successfully been founded on “the apostles and prophets,” and the foundation stones of the wall of New Jerusalem bear the names of the 12 faithful apostles of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. To this day, with Jehovah’s blessing, anointed Christians along with their dedicated associates, the “other sheep,” flourish as a Kingdom-preaching organization.—John 10:16; Revelation. 21:14.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 3:13)