Posts Tagged ‘Disciples’

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.

John, the Beloved

February 13, 2016

John was called to be one of the 12 disciples the same time as his brother, James. He was a fisherman also. He was called “the disciple who Jesus loved” in John 21:20-24.

He was the only one of the 12 who was not martyred.

Peter, James and John  had a special relationship with the Lord because  many times the Bible talks about those three to the exclusion of the other disciples. They were with Christ on the mount of transfiguration. They (along with Andrew) were with Him for the healing of Jairus’ daughter, and were also the inner circle of prayer warriors in the Garden of Gethsemane.

John wrote 5 books of the New Testament, John, First, Second and Third John and also penned the book of the Revelation. All written by the power of the Holy Spirit as is true of all the scriptures. He never named himself in the books that he wrote but referee to himself as the disciple.

John was exiled to the isle of Patmos and wrote some of the Books from there. He lived a long life and it is unknown where or when he died although there is much speculation about his death.

The study of the lives of the disciples gives us many examples of how we should live as Chistians. The Bible tells of their weaknesses as well as their strengths and shows they were men just as we are, with a love and service for the Lord Jesus Christ. It should inspire us to do all we can for the Lord while we have the time and energy.

John 21:22 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 

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.

Andrew, Peter’s Brother

July 17, 2014

The Apostle Andrew first heard John the Baptist proclaim that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. He then went back to his occupation of fishing until Jesus came by and called to Andrew and Peter to follow Him.

Like many of us, Andrew lived in the shadow of his more famous sibling, Simon Peter. Andrew first told Peter about Christ, then stepped into the background as his boisterous brother became a leader among the apostles and in the early church.

The Gospels don’t tell us a great deal about Andrew, but we can read between the lines and find a person who thirsted for truth and found it in the living water of Jesus Christ. Discover how a simple fisherman dropped his nets on the shore and went on to become a remarkable fisher of men.

John 1:40-41
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.