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The 12 called
Bible Passage Mark 3: 13- 19
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books John, Luke, Mark, Matthew.

The 12 called

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 22, 2024

13 Then Jesus went up on a hillside and called to himself those whom he had decided on, and they approached him.

14 He appointed the Twelve, whom he called apostles, to accompany him, to be sent out to preach,

15 and to have the authority to drive out demons.

16 He appointed the Twelve: Simon (whom he named Peter),

17 Zebedee’s sons James and his brother John (whom he named Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder),

18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananaean,

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Jesus’ work was already becoming heavy. He has started preaching and had many people following Him already. So urgent was the need that Jesus decided to appoint twelve helpers immediately. These helpers were first to become companions for Jesus, then he trains them to become heralds of His message.

According to Luke’s account, Jesus spent the night in prayer and the morning announced His choice. The twelve were to be known as apostles (from the Greek word apostello, meaning ‘to send’), as Jesus was to send them out in the service of the kingdom.

To begin with, He would keep them with Him for their spiritual training, then He would send them out equipped with His messianic authority to heal those afflicted by Satan and urge people to enter the kingdom of God. The era of the Messiah had arrived. As twelve tribes had formed the basis of the old people of God, so twelve apostles would be the basis of the new (Matt 10:1; Mark 3:13-15; Luke 6:12-13 ).

The following list includes alternative names by which some of the apostles were known.

1. Simon Peter, or Cephas
( Matt 10:2; John 1:42)

2. Andrew, brother of Peter
(Matt 10:2; John 1:40)

3. James, son of Zebedee
(Mark 3:17; Luke 8:51)

4. John, brother of James
(Mark 3:17; John 21:20)

5. Philip
( Matt 10:3; John 6:5)

6. Bartholemew, or Nathanael
( Matt 10:3; John 21:2)

7. Thomas, the Twin (Didymus)
(Matt 10:3; John 21:2)

8. Matthew, or Levi
(Matt 10:3; Luke 5:27)

9. James, son of Alphaeus
( Matt 10:3; Acts 1:13)

10. Thaddaeus, or Lebbaeus, or Judas the son of James
(Matt 10:3; Luke 6:16)

11. Simon the Zealot, the Patriot, or the Cananaean
(Matt 10:4; Luke 6:15)

12. Judas Iscariot
( Matt 10:4; Luke 22:48)

They worked together for about 3 years. Judas was among these men. He worked with the other disciples but in the end, he joined the people who were against Jesus.

But the other 11 men did God’s work. They became very afraid because of Jesus’ death. But after Jesus became alive again, they continued their work for God.

These men were a mix of people of different backgrounds, some of whom the Jewish leaders outrightly condemned as sinners. Some of them were fisher folks and none of them came from any royal or upper class.

🔷 Christians should be able to live and work together despite diversity in their backgrounds

🔷 God chooses weak, sinful, and not specially qualified people for His work

🔷 One must be attracted to Jesus and ready to proclaim Him to the world to work with Him

💥 Pray that you will be loyal in your work for Christ
💥 Pray for others who are in the field for the kingdom business

Jesus has called all believers no longer to be companions with Him but to be heralds of His message to carry the message to all parts of the world. Once we see this call as gracious, we should do our best in this regard. The power of Christ will go with us.

In series Bright Morning Reflections