When we read the Bible, we often come across the term “disciples” or “apostles” who followed Jesus during his time on earth. But have you ever wondered, how did Jesus get his disciples? Let’s explore this topic in detail.
Who were the disciples?
The disciples were a group of twelve men who were chosen by Jesus to be his closest followers. They traveled with him, learned from him, and witnessed his miracles. The twelve disciples were Simon Peter, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John (brother of James), Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus (also known as Judas, son of James), Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.
How did Jesus choose his disciples?
Jesus did not randomly pick his disciples; instead, he had a specific process in mind. In the Gospel of Mark (1:16-20), it is mentioned that Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw Simon and Andrew fishing.
He called out to them and said: “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.
Jesus continued walking along the shore when he saw James and John working on their fishing boat with their father Zebedee. He called out to them too, and they also left everything to follow him.
In Luke’s Gospel (6:12-16), it is mentioned that before selecting the twelve apostles from among his disciples, Jesus spent a whole night in prayer.
What was expected of the disciples?
Jesus expected his disciples to follow him closely and learn from him. He taught them through parables and explained things to them that they did not understand.
Moreover, he sent them out on missions to spread the word of God and heal the sick. He also instructed them to love one another and to serve others.
In Matthew’s Gospel (10:5-15), Jesus sends the twelve disciples out on their first mission, giving them specific instructions on what to do and how to behave. He tells them that they should take no money or extra clothing with them but rather rely on the hospitality of others.
Jesus chose his disciples carefully, selecting those who were willing to leave everything behind and follow him. He spent time teaching and training them so that they could continue his work after he was gone.
The disciples’ lives were forever changed by their time with Jesus, and they went on to spread his message throughout the world. Today, we can learn from their example and strive to follow Jesus in our own lives.