In What Order Did Jesus Chose His Disciples?

In What Order Did Jesus Choose His Disciples?

When Jesus began his ministry on Earth, he chose twelve disciples to follow him. But have you ever wondered in what order Jesus selected his disciples? Let’s take a closer look at the Bible to find out.

The First Disciples

The first two individuals that Jesus called to be his disciples were Simon Peter and Andrew, who happened to be brothers. In the book of Matthew, it says “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.

They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.'” (Matthew 4:18-19)

The Third and Fourth Disciples

The next two men that Jesus called were James and John, who were also brothers. They were fishermen as well and were working with their father when Jesus approached them.

The book of Mark tells us “Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.” (Mark 1:20)

The Fifth Disciple

The fifth disciple that Jesus chose was Levi (also known as Matthew), a tax collector. In the book of Mark it states “As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth.

‘Follow me,’ Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.” (Mark 2:14)

The Sixth through Twelfth Disciples

The remaining six disciples are not given in any specific order in the Bible but are mentioned together in various accounts. Their names are Philip, Bartholomew (also known as Nathanael), Thomas (also known as Didymus), James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.

It is important to note that although Judas was chosen as one of the twelve disciples, he ultimately betrayed Jesus and his ministry. This betrayal led to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus.


In conclusion, Jesus chose his disciples in a specific order but it is not necessarily significant in terms of their importance or impact on his ministry. Each disciple played an important role in spreading the message of Jesus Christ and their stories continue to inspire Christians around the world today.