Jesus Chose Twelve Apostles to be his Most Intimate Companions

They looked upon His face. They heard His voice. They witnessed His miracles

They knew him to be a teacher, preacher and prophet. All of this was confirmed by his miracles. And they were instructed in his secret lessons that God was communicating to humankind through Him.

The Twelve were unlikely choices. I dare to say that if you or I were to choose, we would have chosen none of the men who were selected by Jesus.

We may have looked for men more educated or more successful in the world of religion. But the world of his day was not producing the kind of men that Jesus needed.

Yes, there were very educated men among the priests, levites, scribes, and lay leaders such as the pharisees. But none of them met Jesus' requirements.

Jesus did not need men who met the requirements of the world, of academia, or the religious establishment of his day. Jesus needed men untrained in the accepted methods and accredited schools. He needed trainable men. He needed men untainted by the stereotypes and prejudices of accepted and accredited thinking.

After being with Jesus for three years, the twelve chosen disciples would not be the same as at the beginning. Their association with Jesus would revolutionize their thinking and forever change their attitudes regarding the world, life, and religion.

With Jesus they would see miracles no one had ever seen. They would hear sermons, lessons and private interpretations that we ourselves long to have heard.

The Apostles would be Jesus' travel companions during his three year public ministry on this earth. Theirs was the unique privilege to know the secrets of the kingdom of God.

John states it so well. 1 John 1 ff.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and with our hands have touched - this we proclaim concerning the word of life.

Peter adds his testimony. 2 Peter 1:16

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 Peter 1:17

For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the majestic glory saying, "This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

2 Peter 1:18

We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

The twelve chosen ones were forever changed by association with Jesus. In the time before, they were men without a cause. Some may chide that they were also men without a clue!

Nonetheless, all of them were carefully chosen by Jesus to be the ones upon whom rested the responsibility for the establishment of the Christian religion and therefore, of the Christian church.

Their names were:

  • Simon-Peter
  • James the son of Zebedee
  • John
  • Andrew
  • Levi-Matthew
  • Philip
  • James the less
  • Simon the Zealot
  • Judas Iscariot
  • Thomas the Twin
  • Nathanael-Bartholomew
  • Judas the son of James

  • Simon zealot Matthew Mark Luke John Peter Andrew James the less Levi-Matthew Philip Judas Acts Romans 1-Corinthians