In What Order Did Jesus Gather His Disciples?

In the Bible, there is no exact order in which Jesus gathered his disciples. However, through the Gospel accounts, we can piece together a rough timeline of events.

Simon Peter and Andrew

The first two disciples that Jesus called were brothers Simon Peter and Andrew. They were both fishermen by trade, and Jesus called out to them while they were casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:18-19).

James and John

James and John, also brothers and fishermen, were the next to be called by Jesus. Like Simon Peter and Andrew, they were also working on their boats when Jesus approached them (Matthew 4:21-22).

Philip

Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter. After being called by Jesus, Philip went to find Nathanael to tell him about the Messiah (John 1:43-45).

Nathanael

Nathanael was skeptical at first when Philip told him about Jesus. But after meeting him in person, Nathanael became a believer (John 1:45-51).

Matthew

Matthew was a tax collector before he became a disciple of Jesus. One day while sitting at his tax booth, Jesus called out to him to follow him (Matthew 9:9).

Thomas

Thomas was also known as “Doubting Thomas” because he didn’t believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw him with his own eyes. He was one of the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus (John 20:24-29).

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot is known for betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. He was one of the twelve disciples and was responsible for keeping track of the group’s money (Matthew 26:14-16).

James and Thaddeus

James, son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus (also known as Jude) were also among the twelve disciples. Not much is known about them individually (Matthew 10:2-4).

Simon the Zealot

Simon the Zealot was a member of a political group that opposed Roman rule. Despite his radical views, Jesus chose him to be one of his disciples (Luke 6:15).

Judas (not Iscariot)

Judas (not Iscariot) is referred to as “Judas son of James” in Luke’s Gospel. He is also known as Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is mentioned in the lists of disciples but not much else is known about him.

  • Conclusion:

While there is no exact order in which Jesus gathered his disciples, through the Gospel accounts we can piece together a rough timeline of events. Simon Peter and Andrew were the first to be called, followed by James and John, Philip, Nathanael, Matthew, Thomas, Judas Iscariot, James and Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas (not Iscariot). Each disciple had their own unique story and journey with Jesus.