When we think about Jesus and his disciples, we often imagine a group of fully trained and knowledgeable individuals who were ready to spread the Gospel as soon as Jesus ascended into heaven. However, this was not the case. In fact, it took Jesus several years to train his disciples before they were ready to carry out his mission.
Jesus had a total of twelve disciples who followed him during his ministry on earth. They were Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew (Nathanael), Thomas, Matthew (Levi), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus (Judas son of James), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.
The Training Process
Jesus’ training process was not like a traditional classroom setting where he gave lectures and his disciples took notes. Instead, he used a hands-on approach where he led by example and allowed his disciples to participate in ministry with him.
The First Year
During the first year of their training, Jesus focused on building a strong foundation of faith in his disciples. He taught them through parables and miracles and showed them how to pray. He also demonstrated how to love and serve others by healing the sick and feeding the hungry.
The Second Year
In the second year of their training, Jesus began to involve his disciples more in ministry by sending them out in pairs to preach the Gospel and perform miracles. He also taught them important lessons about humility and instructed them on how to deal with opposition from unbelievers.
The Third Year
During the third year of their training, Jesus intensified his teaching as he knew that his time on earth was coming to an end. He revealed more about himself as the Son of God and prepared his disciples for their future mission without him. He also taught them about the Holy Spirit and how to continue his ministry after he was gone.
- Overall, Jesus’ training process took three years.
- During this time, he taught his disciples important lessons about faith, love, and service.
- He demonstrated how to preach the Gospel and perform miracles.
- He prepared them for opposition and taught them about the Holy Spirit.
The Importance of Discipleship
Jesus’ training of his disciples serves as an example to us today. Discipleship is a crucial part of our Christian walk as we learn from those who have gone before us and are trained by them to carry out God’s mission in our lives.
Therefore, let us follow Jesus’ example by investing in others, teaching them what we have learned, and preparing them for their own mission. May we all strive to be disciples of Christ and lead others to him.