What Happened to Jesus 12 Disciples?

Have you ever wondered what happened to Jesus’ 12 disciples after his crucifixion and resurrection? Did they continue spreading his message or did they fade into obscurity? In this article, we’ll explore the fates of each of the 12 disciples and how their contributions helped shape Christianity as we know it today.

Simon Peter

Simon Peter was one of Jesus’ closest disciples and a natural leader. After Jesus’ death, he became the head of the Church and played a significant role in spreading Christianity throughout the world. According to tradition, Peter was eventually martyred for his beliefs and crucified upside down in Rome.


Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother and also one of the first disciples called by Jesus. After Jesus’ ascension, Andrew became a missionary and evangelist. He preached in modern-day Turkey, Greece, and Russia before being martyred by crucifixion.


James was one of Jesus’ inner circle along with Peter and John. He became an important figure in the early Church in Jerusalem but was eventually martyred by King Herod Agrippa I.


John was known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and had a close relationship with him. After Jesus’ death, John continued to spread his message throughout Asia Minor.

He also wrote several books in the New Testament, including the Gospel of John, three epistles, and Revelation. John died peacefully at an old age on the island of Patmos.


Philip is known for bringing Nathanael to meet Jesus early on in his ministry. After Jesus’ death, Philip became a missionary to modern-day Turkey where he converted many people to Christianity. He was eventually martyred by crucifixion.

Bartholomew (Nathanael)

Bartholomew is also known as Nathanael and was brought to Jesus by Philip. He became a missionary to modern-day India and converted many people to Christianity. Bartholomew was eventually martyred by flaying (having his skin removed).


Thomas is known for doubting Jesus’ resurrection until he saw him in person. After that, he became a missionary to modern-day India where he spread the Gospel and founded several churches. Thomas was eventually martyred by being stabbed with a spear.

Matthew (Levi)

Matthew was a tax collector before becoming a disciple of Jesus. After Jesus’ death, Matthew wrote the first Gospel in the New Testament and continued to spread Christianity throughout Israel and Syria. He was eventually martyred by being burned at the stake.

James (son of Alphaeus)

James (son of Alphaeus) is often referred to as “James the Less” to differentiate him from James, the brother of John. He played an important role in the early Church but we know little else about his life or death.

Jude (Thaddeus)

Jude is also known as Thaddeus and was one of the lesser-known disciples. After Jesus’ death, he became a missionary and evangelist, spreading Christianity throughout modern-day Iraq and Iran. Jude was eventually martyred for his beliefs.

Simon the Zealot

Simon the Zealot is often confused with Simon Peter but they are two different people. Simon the Zealot was a member of a Jewish political group called the Zealots who were opposed to Roman rule.

After Jesus’ death, Simon became a missionary and traveled as far as modern-day Britain to spread Christianity. It’s unknown how Simon died.

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot is infamous for betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. After Jesus’ death, Judas regretted his actions and tried to return the money but was refused by the religious leaders. He then hanged himself in despair.


In conclusion, the 12 disciples each played a significant role in spreading Jesus’ message and establishing Christianity as a major religion. While many of them were martyred for their beliefs, their legacy lives on to this day.