Archive for the ‘Disciples’ Category

Jesus Burial

April 15, 2017

After Jesus died on the cross, they took His body down, and laid Him in a tomb. Then the soldiers rolled a great stone over the opening, sealed it and stood guard fearing that the disciples would come and steal the body away. So Jesus lay in the grave for 3 days and His followers mourned. All hope was gone so they thought.

Mark 15:46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.

Betrayal and Denial 

April 13, 2017

Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied Him and the rest of the disciples an away. Jesus understands the hurt we may be facing because He went through suffering and rejection. Do we also turn away from Him?

Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Love One Another

October 18, 2016

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Are We His Disciple?

February 15, 2016

Little is known of some of the original disciples, except of course Judas who betrayed Jesus. The study of each of them show us what God can do with ordinary men. They were from all walks of life, fishermen and tax collectors. Some were respected and others hated.

Jesus is no respecter of people. He loved them regardless of what they did for a living, what their position in life. He gave everyone an opportunity to to follow Him just as He gives us that opportunity today. He knew Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him and that all would run at His crucifixion. Still He used 11 of these men to preach the gospel and become the leaders of the Christian Faith.

We too can be used of God to further the Gospel. It is our commitment to God and determination to follow Him that will make us successful. The plan of salvation is simple and it is easy to witness but it is not easy to follow Christ with no reservations. Are we going to follow when the path is easy and run when things get tough? We serve a risen Savior and still have freedom to tell others. Let us use our time to bring others to Jesus. 

Twelve men changed the world with the gospel. If each of us would win those around us, we could change the world today.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

James, Son of Zebedee

February 12, 2016

Matthew 4:21
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

James, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, was also a fisherman like Andrew and Peter. He had a rough temperament and history tells us that fishermen were of the lower class of people in that day. He and his brother, John were called “sons of thunder”. He also left his occupation immediately and followed Jesus.

He became one of the disciples that was closest to Jesus and was present at some of the miracles that many of the other disciples did not see.

He preached boldly and was outspoken and was beheaded by Herod. James was the first of the 12 to be martyred.

Andrew, Fisherman

February 11, 2016

Andrew was  a disciple of John the Baptist before he was a disciple of Jesus. Andrew, like his brother Peter, was a fisherman by trade, meaning that he was an outdoorsman and must have been very physically fit. He was exposed to the conditions and had learned a trade that was also physically demanding. 
Andrew and Simon were called by Jesus when they were fishing. They left their nets and followed Him leaving everything behind.

Andrew brought others to Christ, his brother Peter before Jesus made them disciples and the the little boy who had five loaves and two fishes. 

Andrew was a great example of what we should be as followers of Jesus.

John 1:40  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

Simon Peter

February 10, 2016

The Bible gives an account of how Jesus chose His disciples. In Mark 1:16 and 17 Simon  and Andrew are chosen.

They were just common men, brothers, who earned their living catching fish. Jesus told them to follow Him and they would become fishers of men. 

Simon was a impetuous man, bold, boisterous had a temper. Jesus changed his name to Peter. Peter was always putting his foot in his mouth but one thing about Peter was that when Jesus told them (Peter and Andrew) to “follow me” they simply walked away and left everything they had without a second thought.

Peter also was the disciple who denied Jesus 3 times and wept bitterly over his betrayal of his Savior. Even with all his faults and sins, Peter became one of the greatest witnesses. He was the first one to preach on the day of Pentecost after the coming of the Holy Spirit and he was the first one to proclaim Christ to a Gentile. He was one of the boldest apostles of all. He willingly suffered persecution, imprisonment, beatings, and even rejoiced at the fact that he was worthy to suffer disgrace for the Lord‘s sake.

Jesus changed the life of an ordinary man into one who became a great witness for the Lord. Jesus is still changing lives today and through the power of the Holy Spirit we too can become great witnesses for Him.

Mark 1:16-17 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.


The First Day of the Week

November 8, 2015

Sunday, the first day of the week, Jesus came to the disciples and said, “Peace be unto you.” May today, the first day of this week and all week long, bring you the peace that only Jesus can give.

John 20:19  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.