How Did Jesus Choose His Disciples?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent to Earth by His Father to save humanity from sin and death. During His time on Earth, Jesus chose twelve disciples to be His closest followers and to spread His message of love, forgiveness, and salvation to all the world.

But how did Jesus choose His disciples? Let’s take a closer look.

Jesus’ Criteria for Choosing Disciples

Jesus’ choice of disciples was not based on their social status, wealth, or education. Instead, He chose them based on their willingness to follow Him and their faith in Him as the Son of God. In Matthew 4:18-22, we read about how Jesus called Peter and Andrew while they were fishing:

“And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20)

Similarly, when Jesus called James and John in the same passage:

“And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:22)

These men were willing to leave behind everything they knew in order to follow Jesus. They had faith that He was someone worth following.

The Twelve Disciples

The twelve disciples that Jesus chose were:

  • Peter
  • Andrew
  • James son of Zebedee
  • John son of Zebedee
  • Philip
  • Bartholomew (also known as Nathanael)
  • Matthew (also known as Levi)
  • Thomas (also known as Didymus)
  • James son of Alphaeus
  • Jude (also known as Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus)
  • Simon the Zealot
  • Judas Iscariot

Jesus chose these twelve men to be His closest followers and to be the foundation of His Church. They were not perfect men, but Jesus saw in them the potential to be great leaders and teachers of His message.

The Role of Disciples in Jesus’ Ministry

The disciples played a crucial role in Jesus’ ministry. They traveled with Him, witnessed His miracles, and learned from Him. In Mark 6:7-13, we read about how Jesus sent out His disciples to preach and heal:

“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two;.. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:7-8, 12-13)

The disciples were not just passive followers, but active participants in spreading Jesus’ message.

The Betrayal of Judas Iscariot

Despite being chosen by Jesus as one of His closest followers, Judas Iscariot ultimately betrayed Him. In Matthew 26:14-16, we read about how Judas agreed to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver:

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.” (Matthew 26:14-16)

Judas’ betrayal led to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. However, even this dark moment was part of God’s plan to redeem humanity through the sacrifice of His Son.


In choosing His disciples, Jesus looked for faith and willingness to follow Him. The twelve men He chose went on to play a crucial role in spreading His message of love, forgiveness, and salvation.

Even Judas Iscariot’s betrayal was part of God’s plan to bring about redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to follow in the footsteps of these disciples and spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world.