You may think the name selected for this enterprise is a little weird, if not outright pretentious. Let me explain . . .

I would like to offer THE JUSTUS SCROLLS website, as a place where people can meet with one another, get to know one another and attend one another when possible. This will be a collection of folks who genuinely care about giving themselves for the benefit of others. Hence the word, Collective.

As we have noted elsewhere on this website, Justus, a follower of Jesus, was effectively excluded from becoming one of the 12 apostles. The Bible does not give us a reason why, other than when they "cast lots," Matthias was chosen instead of Justus.

Some might say that Justus was just unlucky. Others might conclude that something was wrong with him. Still, others may think the Holy Spirit used this game of chance to select His choice. But Justus had just spent 3-4 years with Jesus and the disciples. It is certainly no stretch to conclude that he was as intimate with Jesus as was Matthias.

Acts 1:21-26 is the only place where either Justus or Matthias are mentioned in the whole of scripture. Nothing negative is said about either of them here, only that Matthias was chosen and added to the apostles. I prefer to think that God had other, at least equally significant, plans for Justus.

I couldn't help wondering how Justus felt about being excluded from this group of men. How would you have felt? Very likely, he took it graciously and congratulated Matthias. But when he was off by himself -- when he was alone with his thoughts, did he ask the question, Is something really wrong with me? Does this mean that God has rejected me?

Since the Bible tells us nothing more about Justus; since he is never mentioned again in Acts or any of the epistles, maybe he just dropped off the cliff, and left the church. It happens. We are left to wonder.

This is a bit of a mystery, but it is not so much of a mystery to a whole generation of people in our day. Or people who have found a certain quality of emptiness in what passes for churches today. Or, if not emptiness, exclusion. They just don't seem to fit. Somehow, their needs are falling short of being met, and we wonder not so much what is wrong with them, but what does God have for them that is special and unique?

So The Justus Collective is a group of people who do not feel quite comfortable enough in the organized church to be themselves or to ask questions without getting canned answers. The Justus Collective is an online habitation for those who feel alienated from church liturgy or even church life. It is a space for intellectual freedom, dialogue, and safety. It is our search to find intimacy with God in the Person of his Son, Jesus.

And you, dear friend, are invited to be a part of it.

Make no mistake: YOU bring to this community what no one else can bring and what you bring is equally important, equally quantifiable and equally affirmed. If you believe in God or think you might want to believe in God, and if you wish to interact with others who are seeking the same thing, you have come to the right place.

All that is necessary for the moment is simply to register your interest.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose.
-- Jim Elliot






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