The three disciples of Jesus, also known as the “inner circle,” were Peter, James, and John. These three men were often chosen by Jesus to accompany him in moments of great significance throughout his ministry.
Peter: The Rock
Peter, whose original name was Simon, was a fisherman from Bethsaida and was one of the first disciples called by Jesus. He was impulsive and sometimes made mistakes but was also deeply devoted to Jesus. In fact, it was Peter who declared that Jesus was the Messiah.
Jesus also gave him a new name – Peter – which means “rock.” This name symbolized his future role as one of the pillars of the early church. He is mentioned numerous times in the Gospels and is credited with preaching at Pentecost.
James: Son of Thunder
James, along with his brother John, were fishermen from Galilee. They were nicknamed “Sons of Thunder” by Jesus because they had a fiery temperament. James is known for being one of the first disciples to be martyred for his faith.
Despite his fiery personality, James was also deeply devoted to Jesus. He witnessed some of the most significant events in Jesus’ life including his transfiguration on Mount Tabor.
John: The Beloved Disciple
John is often referred to as the “beloved disciple” because he had a close relationship with Jesus. He was present at many important moments including the Last Supper and the crucifixion where he took care of Mary, Jesus’ mother.
John is also credited with writing one of the four Gospels that bear his name as well as three letters and the book of Revelation. His Gospel is unique in that it focuses more on spiritual truths rather than historical facts.
The Inner Circle
These three men were not only close friends but they also formed the “inner circle” of Jesus’ followers. They were present at the transfiguration and were also with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before his betrayal and arrest.
Their friendship with each other and with Jesus was a model for how Christians should treat each other. They were loyal, supportive, and willing to follow Jesus wherever he went.
- Peter: A fisherman from Bethsaida who was impulsive but deeply devoted to Jesus
- James: A fisherman from Galilee who was nicknamed “Sons of Thunder” and was one of the first disciples to be martyred
- John: Often referred to as the “beloved disciple” who had a close relationship with Jesus and wrote one of the four Gospels as well as three letters and Revelation
The three disciples – Peter, James, and John – were essential members of Jesus’ inner circle. They witnessed some of the most significant events in his life, supported him through difficult times, and became pillars of the early church. Their friendship serves as a model for how Christians should treat each other – loyal, supportive, and willing to follow wherever Jesus leads.