When Did Jesus Call His 12 Disciples?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, formed a group of twelve disciples to spread his teachings and carry out his mission on earth. These twelve men, also known as apostles, were chosen by Jesus himself to assist him in his ministry. But when exactly did Jesus call these individuals to follow him

The Calling of the First Disciples

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus called his first two disciples while they were working as fishermen by the Sea of Galilee. Jesus saw Simon Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea and said to them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

(Matthew 4:19). The two brothers immediately left their nets and followed Jesus.

The next two disciples that Jesus called were James and John, who were also fishermen working with their father Zebedee. They too left everything behind to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:21-22).

The Calling of the Rest

The Gospel accounts vary slightly in their order and details of when the other disciples were called. However, it is generally believed that after calling these four fishermen, Jesus called Philip (John 1:43) who then went on to bring Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) to meet Jesus (John 1:45-46).

Next on the list was Matthew (also known as Levi), a tax collector sitting at his booth. Like the other disciples before him, he immediately got up and followed Jesus when he was called (Matthew 9:9).

It is believed that Thomas was also among those who were called at this time but there is no record of how or when this happened.

The Final Three Disciples

According to Luke’s Gospel, Jesus chose the final three disciples after a night of prayer on a mountainside (Luke 6:12-16). These disciples were Simon (also known as Peter), James (the son of Alphaeus), and Judas (the son of James).

It is important to note that Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus, was among the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus. Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas would betray him but still chose him as one of his closest followers (John 6:70-71).

In Conclusion

The calling of the twelve disciples was a crucial moment in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. These men went on to become some of the most influential figures in Christianity and played a key role in spreading the gospel message throughout the world.

  • Simon Peter
  • Andrew
  • James
  • John
  • Philip
  • Nathanael (Bartholomew)
  • Matthew (Levi)
  • Thomas
  • Simon (the Zealot)
  • Judas Iscariot
  • James (son of Alphaeus)
  • Judas (son of James)

The exact details and order of their calling may differ slightly between accounts, but what is clear is that these men left behind everything to follow Jesus and became his closest companions during his time on earth.