When Did Jesus Call Each of the Disciples?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is known for his ministry and his disciples who carried on his work after he ascended into heaven. The disciples were chosen by Jesus himself and they played a significant role in spreading the word of God to the world.

But when did Jesus call each of the disciples Let’s take a closer look.

Simon Peter

Simon Peter was one of the first disciples that Jesus called. In Matthew 4:18-19, we read that as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea.

Jesus called out to them saying, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Simon Peter immediately left his nets and followed Jesus.


As mentioned above, Andrew was with Simon Peter when they were both called by Jesus. This is recorded in Matthew 4:18-19.


James was another disciple who was called by Jesus while he was fishing with his brother John. In Mark 1:19-20, we read that James and John were mending their nets when Jesus called out to them. They too left everything behind to follow him.


John, along with James, was also fishing when they were called by Jesus. As mentioned above, this incident is recorded in Mark 1:19-20.


Philip was from Bethsaida and was also one of the early disciples that were chosen by Jesus. In John 1:43-44, we read that after Philip had met with Jesus for the first time and recognized him as the Messiah, he went to find Nathanael and told him about it.


Nathanael, also known as Bartholomew, was a friend of Philip’s who was skeptical about Jesus being the Messiah. However, when Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” Nathanael was amazed and became a disciple of Jesus.


Matthew, who was also known as Levi, was a tax collector before he became a disciple of Jesus. In Matthew 9:9-13, we read that Jesus saw Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth and called out to him saying, “Follow me.” Matthew got up and followed him.


Thomas is famously known for doubting the resurrection of Jesus. However, he was one of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus. In John 20:24-29, we read about how Thomas came to believe in the resurrection after seeing Jesus himself.

James son of Alphaeus

James son of Alphaeus is one of the lesser-known disciples. It is not recorded how or when he was called by Jesus.

Jude Thaddeus

Jude Thaddeus is also known as Lebbaeus or Judas son of James. He too is one of the lesser-known disciples and it is not recorded how or when he was called by Jesus.

Simon the Zealot

Simon the Zealot was a political activist before becoming a disciple of Jesus.

In conclusion, each disciple had their own unique story on when they were called by Jesus to follow him. But what they all have in common is that they left everything behind to follow their Lord and Savior who had chosen them for his ministry.