The first four disciples of Jesus were Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. These four men were fishermen by trade and were called by Jesus to follow him and become fishers of men. Let’s take a closer look at what their work entailed.
Simon Peter, also known as Cephas, was the brother of Andrew. He was a natural leader and became one of the closest disciples to Jesus. Peter was present during many significant events in the life of Jesus, such as the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion.
After Jesus’ ascension, Peter became a prominent figure in the early church. He traveled throughout the Mediterranean world preaching and teaching about Jesus. He also wrote two books of the Bible – First Peter and Second Peter.
Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. He was a disciple of John the Baptist before he met Jesus.
After Andrew met Jesus, he immediately recognized him as the Messiah and brought his brother Simon to meet him as well. Andrew is not mentioned as often in the Bible as some of the other disciples but his role in bringing others to Jesus cannot be overlooked.
James, son of Zebedee, is often referred to as James the Greater to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus (another disciple). James was one of three disciples (along with Peter and John) who witnessed some of Jesus’ most significant miracles – such as raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead and witnessing his transfiguration on Mount Tabor. James’ ministry took him to Spain where he preached for several years before returning to Jerusalem where he was martyred for his faith.
John, also known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” played an essential role in spreading Christianity throughout Asia Minor after he left Jerusalem following persecution there around 66 AD. John authored five books of the New Testament – the Gospel of John, First John, Second John, Third John, and the book of Revelation. He was also known for his close relationship with Jesus and for being the only disciple to be present at his crucifixion.
In conclusion, the work of these first four disciples was essential in spreading the gospel message to the world. Through their preaching and teaching, they were able to help others come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Their work continues to inspire us today as we seek to share the good news with others.