What Order Did Jesus Call His Disciples?

Have you ever wondered in what order Jesus called his disciples? The Bible tells us about the twelve men who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry, but did he call them all at once or were they called individually? Let’s take a closer look.

The First Disciples

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ first disciples were two brothers: Simon Peter and Andrew. They were both fishermen who lived in the town of Capernaum.

One day, while they were casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, Jesus approached them and said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Without hesitation, Peter and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus.

James and John

After calling Peter and Andrew, Jesus continued his journey along the Sea of Galilee. He then saw two other brothers, James and John, who were also fishermen. Like Peter and Andrew before them, these brothers dropped everything to follow Jesus.

Matthew 4:21-22 says,

  • “Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
  • and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

The Rest of the Disciples

The Gospels do not give us a specific order for when Jesus called the remaining disciples. However, we do know that he chose twelve men to be his closest followers.

  • Philip was from Bethsaida (John 1:44).
  • Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) was a friend of Philip’s (John 1:45).
  • Matthew (also known as Levi) was a tax collector (Matthew 9:9).
  • Thomas (also known as Didymus) is often remembered for doubting Jesus’ resurrection (John 20:24-29).
  • James, son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus (also known as Judas, son of James) are mentioned in all four Gospels but are not described in detail.
  • Simon the Zealot is also mentioned in all four Gospels but is not described in detail.

The Importance of the Disciples

The disciples were a crucial part of Jesus’ ministry on earth. They traveled with him, witnessed his miracles, heard his teachings, and ultimately spread the message of salvation to the world after his death and resurrection. Even though they were not perfect individuals (Peter famously denied Jesus three times), they remained faithful to their calling and helped establish the foundation for Christianity.

In Conclusion

While we may not know the specific order in which Jesus called his disciples, we do know that each one played an important role in his ministry. From Peter and Andrew to James and John, these men left everything behind to follow their Lord and Savior. Their example serves as an inspiration to us today to live our lives fully devoted to Christ.