Jesus was born over 2000 years ago to teach us lessons and bring disciples into our lives to finish teaching his lessons after he is gone. They are shown in each of the three Synoptic Gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke and the book of Acts. The word disciple is shown in the bible about 270 times. A disciple was often devoted to a way of life taught by the greatest teacher who represented different cultures, cities, and languages. Through this, I am looking at how Jesus called on the twelve disciples to follow him and what the qualities were needed to become one of his disciples.
I am also looking at what challenges the disciples had to face while with Jesus. As well as which disciple was his favorite. A disciple and an Apostle are two different types of people but by the end the disciples become apostles.A disciple is a Biblical term for a learner. They were a group of men who traveled the world to follow Jesus and learn from him.
Each disciple has a special quality that he saw which include being faithful, loyal, trustworthy, and the desire to learn different things that he wanted them to learn and understand. The very first lesson that Jesus taught was to pray. You can always pray he is always there to listen. Throughout these teachings, he took a select few to educate that way they can carry on his teachings while he was gone. These twelve people are sought to be extraordinary through Jesus’s eyes. His followers that he chose for his ministry were not all a group of remarkable religious educated men with good reputations, but he did that for a reason. The original disciples who were also apostles, who were founded by Jesus and told to follow him.
The disciples were: Simon (also known by Peter), Andrew (his brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’ brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the publican), James (Son of Alphaeus), Lebbaeus (who’s also known by Thaddeus or Jude), Simon is known as the “Zealot” to distinguish him from Simon Peter. His name is sometimes wrongly translated as “the Canaanite.” (BBC) and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Jesus.
Discipleship has been carried on through the Greek and Jewish culture still to this day. Although we us the word disciple in different ways in the literature, there are multiple examples of discipleship with people committed to following the greatest leader we have ever had on this earth. I am talking about Jesus passing on his teachings. Discipleship to different people is meant much more than just carrying on the information that we need to transfer through generation after generation. An apostle means “one who is sent out.
” The New Testament shows that there are two ways to use the word apostle. The first way is just talking about the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The second way is referring to different individuals who are sent out by Jesus to be messengers and carry the word or Christ. The work apostle appears in the New Testament seventy-nine times.
The main occurrence of the word apostle is in Luke/ Acts. The apostles were not just the disciples they were also community members who were high in their religious beliefs and wanted to continue spreading the word of Jesus Christ.In Luke 6:12-13 Jesus prayed all night before He chose the twelve disciples that he knew he could trust. In Mark 3:13-15 “Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. These 12 men were called upon because he knew after he left he would need someone to keep teaching his lessons. They were also called upon to get to know Jesus These disciples are chosen because they were important to Jesus and he could trust them to carry on his legacy. The men had to leave everything behind their family and even work.
Where ever Jesus went they followed Jesus wherever he went and explored many towns to spread the word. They ate with Jesus and slept wherever he did. Since they had little or no money of their own, they would hope that people would give them food, or invite them to stay with them.The Last Supper was a big deal since the reason that they got there was because Jude betrayed Jesus which resulted in his crucifixion. The twelve disciples and Jesus ate together at the Last Supper on the night before Jesus was executed.
After Jesus’s death, they separated and began to spread his teachings. The Last Supper was meant as a Passover meal. One of the most important moments that happened during The Last Supper is Jesus’ commanded the disciples to remember what he was about to do for all of his followers. He took bread broke it into pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) The next day he shed his blood on the cross to pay for our sins.
Jesus arranged the dinner purposely by instructing His disciples where to host it. His twelve disciples were with Him during and after the meal. This is when Jesus predicts that “Peter will deny knowing Him three times before the rooster crows that morning, which became true. Jesus also predicts that one disciple, Judas Iscariot, will betray Him, which also became true.” (The Last Supper) The Last Supper was a gathering of Christ to fellowship with His disciples one last time prior to His arrest and crucifixion. At the Last Supper Jesus did something that nobody expected before was that he was to wash his disciples’ feet. When it became Peters turn he denied Jesus to wash his feet because he was someone of great power, but Jesus insisted on still doing it. Jesus also predicted that after he was gone that his disciples wouldn’t know what to do and leave when danger arose at the church.
Peter assured Jesus and all the other disciples that even if everyone left, he would remain faithful until the day he died. Disciples gained and lost some. They were expected to learn from Jesus. It is shown in Mark’s gospel that Jesus would criticize the disciples for not always being able to understand what he was teaching, but they keep listening because they knew that soon they would begin to understand. Jesus’s expectations were held very high. The only way you could become a disciple is if you had your full faith in Him because he can do all things. They had to accept their suffering by putting everyone else in front of themselves which they believed would bring them closer to God. The gain that they received for being a disciple is having eternal life and being excepted into heaven.
As well as all those who followed him will gain a larger family in the Christian faith instead of only having their family.Simon the disciple also known as Peter or Saint Peter who started off as a Galilea fisherman just like his father and his brother Andrew who is also a disciple. When Jesus called upon him, he left immediately with no questions asked. Jesus renames Simon with the name Peter which means the rock in Aramaic Language to show the people as well as himself that he would become the foundation that churches live by. He was the most well-known disciple of Christ. During his life, he followed Christ with very much devotion and truly believed in his mission and purpose. Peter stayed with Jesus for a long time even when he had times of no faith. For example, on a stormy night, the disciples were out in the water on a boat while Jesus was sitting on the shore.
The water became rough and the boat was shaking they were afraid they were going to die until the men saw Jesus walk on water to calm the storm. Peter did not have faith that the Son of God could walk on water, so he challenged him. Peter stated “”Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”” (Matthew 14:28-39) Peter didn’t trust Jesus at this moment because he was only worried about himself and was afraid that he was not going to be saved. After the storm had calmed the disciples praised Jesus for saving them. Peter was the first person to call Jesus The Messiah and had proclaimed his belief right in front of him.
As the disciples claimed up to the mountain top later in the Bible they explain that Jesus transformed with a faint voice in the background saying that he is the son of God. For not only Peter but all the other disciples this movement was very eye opening because they were not expecting this at the top of the mountain. Peter betrayed Jesus in more ways than one. For example, one night in Jerusalem, Jesus asked his disciples to pray with him in the garden before he was going to be taken away. Moments later, Judas arrived at the garden with a mob from the temple to arrest Jesus.
Peter came out with a sword and started swinging and accidently cut off an ear of an innocent man. Jesus was then being arrested, and the disciples left, but Peter knows he messed up, so he tries to save him by following Jesus from a distance. As well as he denied knowing Jesus three times.After the experience that Peter had at the Pentecost, he changed his way of living and began telling everyone about Jesus and everything he has and can do.
Not only did Peter transform but so did the rest of the disciples, they went from little power, not praying as much, and doubting Jesus Christ into bold and better believers of the word of God. Peter was so completely filled with joy and the Holy Spirit and spiritual wisdom which led him to write the two epistles that later became a part of the Bible. Peter ended up in prisoned, but he prayed, and God set him free. Discipleship is very important in every aspect. A true disciple means having a willingness to trust Him in all things, even when you are having a bad day or even having the best day of your life you need to trust in him.
The greatest reward for all the Christian disciples was the promise that Jesus made for eternal life. The disciples were challenged throughout the whole New Testament, but they never gave up they just keep learning. No matter what way you turn there will always be a disciple ready to learn more and help you grow in your faith. Now that the disciples have learned everything they can from Jesus they have transformed into apostles to continue spreading the word of God for everyone to hear.