Twelve men reacted to the call. They were Jews, uneducated average citizens, and straightforward men of confidence who surrendered everything to be adherents of Christ. Jesus put in three years preparing these men to be pioneers. Jesus’ arrangement was to in the end have the pupils assume control and carry on the work He had begun.
The Twelve Disciples (Apostles): Who Were They?
You didn’t pick me. I picked you. (John 14:16)
Presently the names of the twelve witnesses are these: The primary, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his sibling; and James the child of Zebedee, and John his sibling; Philip and Bartholomew (Nathanael); Thomas and Matthew the expense gatherer; James the child of Alphaeus (James the Less), and Thaddaeus (Judas, child of James); Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the person who sold out Him. (Matthew 10:2-4, accentuation included)
Dwindle and Andrew
Also, He said to them, “Tail Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
Diminish and Andrew- – Sons of John, were conceived in Bethsaida. They later settled in a home together in the town of Capernaum. They were an angler and worked nearby James and John. They were sidekicks and had most likely known each other for quite a long time.
Dwindle and Andrew were early supporters of John the Baptist. It was Andrew who initially acquainted his more seasoned sibling Peter with Jesus when they were in the wild with John. (John 1:40-42) It is imagined that they ended up otherworldly adherents of Jesus right now. When Peter was acquainted with Jesus they exited John and moved toward becoming devotees of Christ.
Otherwise called Simon, Simon Peter, or Cephas (Rock), Peter was a gregarious, regular pioneer, and an undeniable representative for the twelve. Subside’s name is said significantly more in the New Testament than some other of the supporters. He was the more seasoned of the two siblings and the main wedded supporter. (Luke 4:38) His better half was known to move with him when he was on a mission. (1 Cor. 9:5) His task was to convey the Gospel to the circumcised. (Lady. 2:7)
Dwindle is outstanding for denying Christ three times after Christ was captured. After his own particular capture numerous years after the fact he asked for to be executed with his head down. He didn’t trust he was qualified to be killed in an indistinguishable way from his Lord. He passed on a saint’s demise in Rome amid the rule of Nero. Some conjecture around an indistinguishable time from Paul was being executed.
An early educate of John the Baptist, Andrew, and John, the Son of Zebedee were available when John the Baptist stated, “View, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35)Andrew was the first to take after Jesus and his eagerness was obvious as his longing to acquaint his more established sibling with Jesus uncovered what was at that point in his heart—a profound love for God.
He was not a prevailing individual beside his candid sibling. He was an energetic evangelist and shared the gospel intensely and was a huge supporter of the early church.
Andrew kicked the bucket a saint’s passing. He confronted torturous killing with intensity and bravery. He stated, “Goodness, cross most welcome and ached for! With an eager personality, blissfully and covetously, I come to you, being a researcher of Him which hung on you, since I have dependably been your darling and long to grasp you.”
James and John—Sons of Zebedee
There is some confirmation that Zebedee was a man of abundance. He could enlist enough hirelings to help with his angling business. (Check 1:20). In Scripture, James is recorded before his more youthful sibling John, yet he remains fairly cloud aside from the reality he is a piece of Jesus’ inward three. John is substantially more in the cutting edge of what is occurring amid the three long periods of preparing with Christ. James and John were both known for being men of serious enthusiasm and intensity. Due to this Jesus nicknamed them the Sons of Thunder. (Check 3:17)
James is the senior sibling of John. He is a somewhat calm piece of the group of devotees in that we don’t read much about him in Scripture. As a component of Jesus’ “internal three” he was allowed to be available alongside Peter and John when Jesus brought up Jairus’ girl from the dead (Mark 5:37), he saw Jesus’ transfiguration on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 17:1), and he was in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus. (Stamp 14:33)
James was the principal follower to be martyred (he was executed) and the main pupil to have their suffering recorded in Scripture. (Acts 12:1-3)
Known as the “devotee Jesus adored,” he was additionally a piece of the internal three. (John 3:23) He composed an extensive part of the New Testament—The book of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and the book of Revelation. He composed more about affection than some other New Testament creator. His nearness to Jesus showed him much about affection.
He was ousted to the island of Patmos under Domitian, yet after his demise, John was permitted to come back to Ephesus where he represented houses of worship in Asia until his passing at about A.D. 100.
“The following day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He discovered Philip. Furthermore, Jesus said to him, Follow Me.” (John 1:43)
What do we think about Philip? Nothing. Despite the fact that a Jew, we just know him by his Greek name, Philip. A heart for evangelism, he was restless to disclose to Nathanael the One anticipated by Moses and the prophets had been found. (John 1:45) They were close allies and potentially contemplated the Old Testament together.
Philip was stoned and killed in Hierapolis, Phrygia.
Otherwise called Bartholomew, Nathanael originated from Cana in Galilee. (John 21:2)He communicated some neighborhood partiality about Nazareth. (John 1:46) Jesus perceived how truly his adoration for God was from the earliest starting point when He stated, “See, an Israelite surely, in whom there is no double-dealing!” (John 1:47)
Nathanael may have lectured in India and interpreted the book of Matthew into their dialect. He was beaten, killed, and guillotined. He kicked the bucket as a saint while serving the general population of Albinopolis, Armenia.
Jesus Chose Ordinary Men
What we know to be valid about Jesus is that He picked common and grungy men. They were the commonest of the normal. They were from provincial zones, agriculturists, and angler. Christ intentionally ignored the tip top, privileged, and compelling men of society and picked, for the most part, the men from the residue of society. That is the manner by which it has dependably been in God’s economy. He magnifies the humble and hides out the individuals who are glad.
As Jesus went ahead from that point, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the assessment authority’s corner; and He said to him, Follow Me! Furthermore, he got up and tailed Him. (Matthew 9:9)
Levi, the Son of Alphaeus, Matthew was a duty gatherer – the most scorned individuals in all of Israel. They were known for taking additional cash from the general population of Israel to pay off the Romans and to cushion their own particular pockets.
At that point it happened that as Jesus was leaning back at the table in the house, observe, numerous duty gatherers and miscreants came and were feasting with Jesus and His supporters; for there were a large number of them, and they were tailing Him. At the point when the recorders of the Pharisee’s saw that He was eating with the miscreants and assessment gatherers, they said to His followers, Why is he eating and drinking with impose authorities and heathens? Also, hearing this, Jesus said to them, It isn’t the individuals who are solid that need a doctor, yet the individuals who are wiped out; I didn’t come to call the noble, however miscreants. (Stamp 2:16)
Matthew conveyed the gospel to Ethiopia and Egypt. Hircanus the ruler had him executed with a lance.
Generally nicknamed “Questioning Thomas,” Thomas was additionally called Didymus, which means The Twin (in spite of the fact that a twin sibling or sister is never said in the Bible.) He was a straightforward cynic to the point of being known as a worrier. No points of interest are given about Thomas in the initial three Gospels other than the specify of his name. John’s first say of Thomas is in John 11:16. Lazarus had kicked the bucket and the supporters dreaded for the life of Jesus and themselves if they somehow managed to return to Bethany. Thomas talks up. “Let us likewise go, that we may kick the bucket with Him.” (John 11:16 NASB) Here we see the character nature of strength and steadfastness to Christ, a quality not regularly credited to Thomas.
His commitment to Christ is additionally shown when Jesus told the pupils that He would leave and set up a place for them. “What’s more, you know the way where I am going. Thomas said to Him, Lord, we don’t know where You are going, how would we know the way?” (John 14:4-5) Thomas would not like to be deserted. And afterward Thomas’ adoration for Jesus and his longing to see and contact before he accepted and after that his assertion, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28)
Convention firmly recommends that Thomas began the Christian church in India. Some propose being gone through by a lance murdered him, unexpectedly, like Jesus being pierced by a lance.
9. James the Less
He is the child of Alphaeus (Luke 6:15). His mom’s name is Mary (Mark 15:40) and he has a sibling named Joseph (Matthew 27:56). Aside from a couple of insights about his family, there is nothing more specified about him in Scripture. Possibly this is the reason he is alluded to as James the Less in Mark 15:40. What is essential to recollect is in spite of the fact that James was to some degree out of sight, he was picked by Jesus to be one of the twelve supporters. He was prepared and utilized by Christ capably to promote the Kingdom of God. He was an important colleague.
Custom says he was executed in Sinai or conceivably stoned to death in Jerusalem.
10. Simon the Zealot
Simon was probably a political activist in his younger years. Why would Jesus choose someone with this background?
“It is amazing that Jesus would select a man like Simon to be an apostle. But he was a man of fierce loyalties, amazing passion, courage, and zeal. Simon had believed the truth and embraced Christ as his Lord. The fiery enthusiasm he once had for Israel was now expressed in his devotion to Christ.” -Twelve Ordinary Men
There is some speculation about what happened to Simon. Tradition says that after preaching on the west coast of Africa, Simon went to England where he ended up being crucified in 74 AD.
11. Judas, son of James
The eleventh name on the list of disciples is Judas. Also known as Jude, Thaddeus, and Lebbaeus, Judas lived in obscurity as one of the Twelve. He did ask Jesus a question in John 14:22, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?” Judas seemed overly concerned with this question. Christ responded by saying He would reveal Himself to anyone who loved Him.
Most early tradition says that Judas, son of James, a few years after Pentecost, took the gospel north to Edessa. There he healed the King of Edessa, Abgar. Eusebius the historian said the archives at Edessa contained the visit of Judas and the healing of Abgar (the records have now been destroyed). The traditional symbol of Judas is a club and tradition says he was clubbed to death for his faith.
12. Judas Iscariot
Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him. (John 6:70-71)
The Traitor. Nothing is known about Judas’ background. His encounter and call by Jesus are not recorded in Scripture. He was not from Galilee–that much is known. He obviously became a follower and stayed with Jesus for three years. He gave Christ three years of his life, but he certainly didn’t give Him his heart, and Jesus knew this. Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15)
“The other eleven apostles are all great encouragements to us because they exemplify how common people with typical failings can be used by God in uncommon, remarkable ways. Judas, on the other hand, stands as a warning about the evil potential of spiritual carelessness, squandered opportunity, sinful lusts, and hardness of the heart. Here was a man who drew as close to the Savior as it is humanly possible to be. He enjoyed every privilege Christ affords. He was intimately familiar with everything Jesus taught. Yet he remained in unbelief and went into a hopeless eternity.” Twelve Ordinary Men