Which Disciples Did Jesus Take With Him to the Mountain?

When Jesus walked the earth, He had a select group of disciples that He chose to follow Him. These disciples were not just mere followers but were also chosen to be witnesses of His teachings and miracles. One particular story that stands out is when Jesus took three of His disciples with Him to a mountain where He was transfigured before their very eyes.

According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him up the mountain. These three disciples were considered to be part of Jesus’ inner circle and were present during some of His most significant moments.

Peter: Peter was one of the first disciples that Jesus called to follow Him. He was a fisherman by trade and was known for his impulsive nature and boldness.

Peter’s name was originally Simon but was changed by Jesus, which means “rock.” He later became one of the leaders of the early Christian church.

James: James was the son of Zebedee and brother to John. He was also a fisherman before he was called by Jesus to become a disciple. James is often referred to as James the Greater in order to differentiate him from James, son of Alphaeus.

John: John is also referred to as “the beloved disciple” or “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” He was the brother of James and also a fisherman before being called by Jesus. John is believed to have written several books in the New Testament including the Gospel of John, 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John, and Revelation.

When Jesus took these three disciples with Him up the mountain, they witnessed something incredible. According to all three Gospels, while on top of the mountain, Jesus’ appearance changed: “His face shone like the sun” (Matthew 17:2), “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them” (Mark 9:3), and “His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” (Luke 9:29). This was the transfiguration.

At this moment, two of the greatest prophets in Jewish history, Moses and Elijah, appeared with Jesus and talked with Him. Peter, not knowing what to say, suggested they build three shelters for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.

But then a voice from heaven spoke saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5).

The transfiguration was a significant moment in the life of Jesus and His disciples. It solidified their faith in Him and gave them a glimpse of His divine nature. It also showed that Jesus was the fulfillment of both the Law (represented by Moses) and the Prophets (represented by Elijah).

In conclusion, when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain with Him during the transfiguration, it was an extraordinary moment in their lives as disciples. They saw something that no one else had ever seen before and it strengthened their faith in Jesus as the Son of God. These three men were chosen by Jesus for a reason – they were part of His inner circle and were witnesses to some of His most significant moments on earth.