John 16:32 is a passage that was fulfilled shortly after this statement was made. Matt. 26:56 says that all the disciples forsook him, and fled. John 18 reveals to us a relationship that enabled John to follow Jesus closely as He was led away to Annas. It also reveals to us that Peter followed at a distance and even stood at the fire of the servants and officers and denied Jesus.
John 21 gives us a transition from a church with a visible present leader to one without a visible present leader. Peter said, “I go a fishing,” the others said, “We also go with thee.” A Church without a leader is a scattered willful Church. When Jesus appeared on the sea shore, he re-enforced leadership and direction by giving instruction. Acts 1:4 is that instruction to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father which Jesus had revealed to them in John 16. This is the promise of the Paraclete. This Holy Spirit had not yet descended upon the Church because Jesus had not ascended into heaven yet, but the time was close. Jesus said once again in verse 8, they will receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon them.
Acts 1:9 reveals the ascension of Lord to sit on the right hand of God.
It is time for a church business meeting. Acts 1:12-26 records a business meeting where Judas was replaced as an apostle by Matthias where all the Church members were gathered together and voted in this business meeting. Notice the requirements given to be an apostle. We have the baptism of John as a requirement and the person chosen had to be with them from the time Jesus was with them.
I had a woman ask me one time if I believed in the “five fold ministry.” I told her I didn’t know what the “five fold ministry” was. She mentioned an apostle as one of the “five fold ministry.” My reply, the requirement of an apostle according to Acts chapter one was; they had been baptized by John the Baptist and been with Jesus when He walked the earth. I would love to meet some one that old. That ended that conversation when she got very angry.
The Church is gathered in the upper room where 120 church members were gathered, they had a prayer meeting and then a business meeting. To be continued.