In this essay I am going to find out about Jesus' disciples, how he
choose them, who they were, what sacrifices and what a disciples job
is, in addition to this whether it is possible to be a disciple in the
According to the Oxford Dictionary a disciple is a "follower of a
The first four disciples that Jesus choose were:
Simon, Andrew, James and John. The story of Jesus picking them is in
Mk 1: 14-20. " Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God
"The time has come" he said, "The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and
believe the good news"
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" In both these
stories not one man even hesitated about giving everything they had
up, they just gave up their lives for Jesus.
Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, Helpers, Healers. These were the names
given to the twelve disciples. All twelve were normal, hardworking,
everyday people and the majority were fishermen. Jesus chose the
twelve ha did because they contained a lot of the qualities Jesus
wanted of his disciples, such as commitment, loyalty and self-believe.
One disciple that was slightly different to the rest was Levi, the tax
collector. In Mk 2:13-17, Jesus was beside the lake when a large crowd
came to him and he began to teach them as he walked along he saw Levi
Son of Alphaeus, "Follow me," said to him at this Levi left his tax
collectors box and followed him. Jesus and his disciples went for
dinner at Levi's house. Eating with them were many tax collectors and
"sinners." When the Pharisees and teachers of law saw Jesus eating at
a "sinners" house, they asked Jesus' disciples " Why does he eat with
tax collectors and sinners?" On hearing this Jesus replied, " It is
not healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call
the righteous, but sinners." These stories show how Jesus chose people
to be a disciple no matter who they were or what they had done, they
emphasise that everybody is equal.
Jesus got a lot of criticism for choosing Levi as a disciple as he did
not contain the qualities Jesus usually looked for in a disciple, as
Levi cheated a lot of people out of their money because he was tax
collector. But Jesus did not care what people thought, his reply was
"it's not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. I have not come
for the righteous, but sinners." This shows he believed that he came
not only for the good but also the bad (everybody!), to help them
change and become better people and to also help them strengthen their
faith and belief.
All disciples responded to Jesus' call in the same way, they all left
everything they had from their family to their jobs and homes without
question. The ultimate sacrifice was shown in Mk 8:34-35 when Jesus
predicted his death. He said to his disciples "If anybody would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses
his life for me and the gospel will save it."
It is also shown in Mk 10:29-31 when Jesus asks his disciples to leave
everything. "No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother
or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to
receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers,
sisters in mothers, children and fields- and with them persecutions)
and in the age to come, eternal life. But, many who are first will be
last, and the last first." Here...