The selection of the twelve disciples by Jesus is one of the most significant events in the New Testament. These twelve men would become Jesus’ closest companions and would ultimately go on to spread his teachings throughout the world.
But where in the Bible did Jesus choose his disciples? Let’s take a closer look.
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
According to the Bible, Jesus’ first disciples were Simon (who would later be called Peter) and Andrew. In the book of Matthew, chapter 4, verses 18-22, it says:
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Jesus Chooses the Twelve
As Jesus continued to minister and perform miracles throughout Galilee and beyond, he attracted more followers. Eventually, he chose twelve men to be his closest disciples. In the book of Mark, chapter 3, verses 13-19:
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (also known as Judas son of James), and Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
The Disciples’ Role in Jesus’ Ministry
The twelve disciples played a crucial role in Jesus’ ministry. They accompanied him on his travels, witnessed his teachings and miracles, and were often called upon to assist him in his work. In the book of Luke, chapter 9, verses 1-2:
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Jesus chose his disciples from among his followers as he traveled throughout Galilee and beyond. He selected twelve men who would become his closest companions and would spread his message after his death. The selection of these twelve individuals was a critical moment in Jesus’ ministry, demonstrating the importance of community and companionship in spreading the word of God.
- Key Takeaways:
- Jesus chose his first disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:18-22).
- He later chose twelve men to be his closest companions (Mark 3:13-19).
- The disciples played a pivotal role in Jesus’ ministry (Luke 9:1-2).