The disciples were some of Jesus’ closest followers and companions. They spent a lot of time with him, listening to his teachings and observing his actions.
In the Bible, there are many instances where the disciples ask Jesus questions or make comments to him. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that the disciples said to Jesus.
“Lord, teach us to pray”
One day, after Jesus had finished praying, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). This request from the disciple is significant because it shows that even those who were closest to Jesus recognized the importance of prayer and wanted to learn how to do it properly. In response, Jesus taught them what is now known as The Lord’s Prayer.
“Who then can be saved?”
In Matthew 19:23-26, Jesus tells his disciples that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples were astonished by this statement and asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” This question shows their concern for their own salvation and understanding of what it takes to enter into God’s kingdom.
“Do you want us to call down fire from heaven?”
In Luke 9:51-56, as Jesus was traveling through Samaria with his disciples, they encountered a village that did not welcome them. James and John, two of the disciples, asked Jesus if they should call down fire from heaven to destroy the village. This request demonstrates their lack of understanding about what it means to follow Jesus and how his teachings are about love and forgiveness rather than retaliation.
“Are you going to restore the kingdom?”
After his resurrection from the dead, Jesus appeared to his disciples and spoke to them about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). They asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” This question shows their desire for Jesus to establish a physical kingdom on earth and is another example of their misunderstanding of what Jesus’ mission was all about.
The disciples were not perfect, but they were committed to following Jesus and learning from him. Their questions and comments reveal their human nature and their struggles to understand Jesus’ teachings. As we read about their interactions with Jesus in the Bible, we can learn from them and apply their lessons to our own lives.