Jesus Christ is known as one of the most influential figures in human history. He formed a group of disciples who followed him throughout his life and helped spread his teachings across the world.
But how did Jesus form his disciples? What was the process like? Let’s take a closer look.
Before we dive into the formation of Jesus’ disciples, it’s important to understand the context in which he began his ministry. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth. At age 30, he began his public ministry and started preaching about God’s love and salvation.
The first step in forming his disciples was to call them. In the Gospel of Matthew, we see Jesus walking along the Sea of Galilee when he sees two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, fishing.
He calls out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). The brothers immediately leave their nets and follow Jesus.
Jesus then spots two more brothers, James and John, with their father Zebedee in a boat. He calls out to them as well, and they also leave their nets to follow him (Matthew 4:21-22).
These four men were just the beginning. Over time, Jesus continued to call more people to be his disciples. He chose twelve men whom he called apostles – Simon Peter, Andrew, James son of Zebedee, John brother of James, Philip, Bartholomew (also known as Nathanael), Thomas (also known as Didymus), Matthew (also known as Levi), James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (also known as Judas son of James), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot who later betrayed Jesus.
Once Jesus had his group of disciples, he began to train them. He taught them about God’s love and the kingdom of heaven.
He performed miracles in front of them, demonstrating his power and divinity. He also challenged their faith and understanding through parables, such as the parable of the sower.
Jesus also led by example. He showed his disciples how to pray, how to serve others, and how to love unconditionally. He even washed their feet as a sign of humility and service (John 13:1-17).
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he appeared to his disciples several times before ascending into heaven. During one of these appearances, he gave them a final commission – to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15). This was the start of their mission to spread Jesus’ teachings across the world.
In conclusion, Jesus formed his disciples by calling them, training them, and commissioning them for a mission that would change the world. His disciples went on to become key figures in early Christianity and helped spread his message across different lands and cultures.
As we reflect on this process today, we can learn from Jesus’ example in forming our own communities of faith. We can call people to join us on our journey with God.
We can train one another through teaching and mentorship. And we can commission each other for service in our communities and beyond.