The story of the disciples of Jesus is a fascinating one. These were men who left their homes, families, and occupations to follow a man they believed to be the Messiah.
But in what order did they become followers of Jesus? Let’s take a closer look.
The First Disciples
According to the Gospel of John, the first two disciples to follow Jesus were Andrew and an unnamed disciple. Andrew was originally a disciple of John the Baptist before he began following Jesus. He later brought his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus, who then became a disciple as well.
More Disciples Join
After these initial followers, more disciples began to join Jesus’ group. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, left their fishing business to become disciples. Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector before he joined Jesus’ group.
The Twelve Apostles
Jesus eventually chose twelve disciples to become apostles and spread his message throughout the world. The Gospel of Matthew lists these twelve apostles as Peter, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John (brother of James), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (tax collector), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus (also known as Judas son of James), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.
While not one of the original twelve apostles chosen by Jesus during his lifetime on earth, Paul is considered by many Christians to be an apostle due to his extensive missionary work and contributions to early Christianity. Paul was originally named Saul and persecuted Christians before experiencing a vision on the road to Damascus that led him to convert and become a follower himself.
The order in which the disciples followed Jesus may not seem important at first, but it provides insight into the formation of Christianity and the impact these individuals had on the world. From the first two followers to the twelve apostles and beyond, their willingness to leave behind their old lives and follow Jesus shows the power of faith and the potential for change in all of us.