When Did Jesus Call the Disciples?

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry

Jesus’ ministry started with his baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. After his baptism, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When he returned, he began preaching and teaching in Galilee.

The Calling of Peter, Andrew, James, and John

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the water. Jesus said to them,

“Come follow me,” Jesus said,
“and I will make you fishers of men.”

At once they left their nets and followed him. Further down the shore, he saw two other brothers, James and John, in a boat with their father Zebedee preparing their nets. Jesus called them and they immediately left their boat and their father to follow him.

The Calling of Matthew

After these four fishermen became disciples of Jesus, he called another man named Matthew to follow him. Matthew was a tax collector who worked for the Roman government. Tax collectors were considered sinners by many in Jewish society because they often overcharged people and kept some of the money for themselves.

But Jesus saw something in Matthew that others didn’t. He went to where Matthew was working and said,

“Follow me,” Jesus said to him.
“And Matthew got up and followed him.”

The Importance of Discipleship

Jesus chose these men to be his disciples because he wanted them to learn from him and continue his ministry after he was gone. He spent three years teaching them about God’s love and grace, healing the sick, and performing miracles.

Even though Jesus is no longer physically on earth, his disciples continue to spread his message of hope and salvation to people all over the world.


The calling of the disciples was an important event in Jesus’ ministry. He chose these men to be his closest followers and to continue his work after he was gone. Their willingness to leave everything behind and follow Jesus demonstrates the importance of putting God first in our lives.

  • Key Takeaways:
  • The calling of the disciples occurred early in Jesus’ ministry
  • Peter, Andrew, James, and John were the first disciples called
  • Matthew was a tax collector who also became a disciple
  • The purpose of discipleship is to learn from Jesus and continue his work

We can learn from their example by being open to God’s call on our lives and following him wherever he leads us.