Who was Matthias? He is only mentioned in the Scriptures in Acts 1:23-26. At that time, the disciples decided to choose someone to succeed Judas who betrayed Jesus and then hanged himself in remorse.
And how did the disciples choose their candidates? How did they narrow it down to Justus and Matthias? Peter said, “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us…” (Acts 1:21-22.)
What? Evidently there was a crowd that qualified! After all, 120 were gathered to wait for the Holy Spirit. Many people followed Jesus as did the Twelve, but only the Twelve, Justus and Matthias (Acts 1:21-25), Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna are named (Luke 8:1-3.) (Maybe others. Comment below with scripture references for others.)
We never hear of Matthias again–nor many of the other apostles. But we know they were out there preaching the word and baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for that’s what Jesus commissioned them to do in Matthew 28:19-20. And we know that when Jesus returns, Matthias will be sitting on a throne with the rest of the Twelve, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28.) How cool is that!
Most of us are Matthiases–or even Justuses, considered for an important task for God but not chosen. We follow Jesus quietly, never getting noticed by the media for following Christ. Billy Grahams, Tony Evanses, and Beth Moores are few and far between.
We may not even be noticed in our own congregations! But Jesus knows us. He knows our hearts and knows how we are living for him. He sees the little things we do that others may not even notice. He hears the cries of our hearts for the poor, the sick, the weak, the homeless. He sees us in prayer for strugglers we know personally and for children we will never know.
He knows we will live with him and all the other saints eternally. We might want to look for Matthias or Justus when we get to heaven. We should have a lot in common.