Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was a great teacher and mentor. He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching and performing miracles. But his ultimate goal was to make disciples who would carry on his teachings and spread the good news of salvation.
In this article, we will explore the timeline of when Jesus made his disciples and how he did it.
Jesus began his ministry by choosing twelve men to be his disciples. According to the Gospel of Mark (1:16-20), Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw Simon (later called Peter) and his brother Andrew fishing.
Jesus called out to them, saying “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Jesus then saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee, also fishing on the sea. He called to them as well, and they left their father and their boat to follow him.
Thus began Jesus’ ministry with his core group of twelve disciples.
Teaching and Miracles
As Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, he continued to call more people to follow him. Some were fishermen like Peter, Andrew, James, and John.
Others were tax collectors like Matthew (also called Levi). Still others were simply people who wanted to learn from him.
In addition to teaching about God’s love for humanity and how people should live their lives in accordance with His will, Jesus performed many miracles. He healed sick people, fed thousands with just a few loaves of bread and fish, calmed storms at sea – all signs that he was truly sent by God.
Through these teachings and miracles, more people became interested in following Jesus as his disciples.
The Twelve Apostles
After spending some time teaching and performing miracles with a larger group of disciples, Jesus selected twelve of them to be apostles – a special designation for those who would continue his ministry after he was gone.
The twelve apostles were Simon Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (brother of James), Andrew (Peter’s brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew (also called Levi), Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the Zealot), and Judas Iscariot.
Jesus spent a lot of time with these twelve men, teaching them in-depth about God’s love and how they should spread that message to others. He also showed them how to perform miracles and urged them to be servants to others.
Jesus’ ministry was focused on making disciples – people who would follow him, learn from him, and carry on his teachings after he was gone. He began by selecting twelve men as his core group of disciples and continued to call more people to follow him throughout his ministry.
Through his teachings and miracles, Jesus inspired many people to become his disciples. And even after he left this earth, those disciples continued to spread the good news about God’s love and salvation.
As we reflect on Jesus’ life and teachings today, we too are called to be disciples – learning from him and sharing his message with others.