Jesus Chooses His Disciples – Luke 5
This is a story of some of the people the bible tells us about that Jesus chose to be his disciples.
After the temptation of the Lord Jesus by the devil was finished, Jesus began to preach saying “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
One day the Lord Jesus was preaching, standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two ships by the lake, but the fishermen were not in them, they were washing their nets. Because there were so very many people listening to him, Jesus went into one of the ships, which was Simon’s (that is Peter) and asked to be taken out away from the land, and Jesus sat down, and taught the people from the ship.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch your ship out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered him “Master, we have worked hard all night, and caught nothing, but at your word, I will let down the nets.” When they did this, they captured a great number of fish, so many that their net broke. They called to their partners who were in the other ship, and asked that they would come and help them, and so they came, and filled up both ships with so many fish that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was amazed, and so were all that were with him, at the number of fish which they had caught. And so were James and John, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not, from now on you shall catch men.” When they had brought their ships to land, they left all, and followed Jesus.
Another day Jesus went to Galilee and found Philip and said to him “follow me.” Philip was from the city of Bethsaida, which was the city where Andrew and Peter lived too.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “we have found him that Moses wrote about in the law, and who the prophets wrote about too, that is, Jesus of Nazareth…” And Nathanael said to Philip “can there be any good thing come out of Nazareth?” So Philip said to him “come and see”..
Jesus chose Matthew Levi to be his disciple too. Once when Jesus was teaching many people, he saw Matthew sitting at a place where taxes were received because he was a tax collector who was also known as Levi. When Jesus saw him, he said to him “follow me.” And Matthew got up and followed Jesus.
After that Jesus went out into a mountain to pray, and he prayed all night to God. When it was day he called his disciples t him and chose 12 of them who he also named apostles. These 12 are: Simon (who Jesus named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was also called Zelotes, Judas, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot who was the traitor.
Memory Verse: Luke 5:10 “…..fear not, from henceforth, thou shalt catch men.”
Only one question, can you from memory list the twelve apostles that Jesus chose?