4 January This is almost a trick question, as most think of the disciples in terms of a dozen. But when Judas betrayed Jesus and committed suicide, there were only eleven men who carried out the gospel message. Andrew an early disciple of John the Baptist and the first to be chosen by Jesus. He was enthusiastic and always tried to bring people to Jesus including his brother Simon Simon Peter Simon Peter was a natural leader, He was a fisherman and the brother of Andrew. James Son of Zebedee James is the elder brother of John. He is a rather quiet part of the team of disciples in that we don’t read much about him in Scripture. He was part of Jesus’ inner three and was also the first disciple to be martyred. John Son of Zebedee Known as the “disciple Jesus loved,” he was also a part of the inner three. *)*He wrote a large portion of the New Testament—The book of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and the book of Revelation. Philip We don’t know a lot about Philip but a heart for evangelism meant that he was anxious to tell Nathaniel the One foretold by Moses and the prophets had been found. Nathaniel Also known as Bartholomew, Nathaniel came from Cana in Galilee. Jesus recognised how sincerely his love for God was from the beginning when He said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Matthew Son of Levi Matthew was a tax collector--the most despised people in all of Israel. They were known for taking extra money from the people of Israel to pay off the Romans and to pad their own pockets. Thomas Son of Didymus Usually nicknamed ‘Doubting Thomas’. He was an outspoken sceptic to the point of being known as a pessimist. No details are given about Thomas in the first three Gospels other than the mention of his name. James Son of Alpheus Not a lot is known about James but although James was somewhat in the background, he was chosen by Jesus to be one of the twelve disciples. He was trained and used by Christ in a powerful way to further the Kingdom of God. He was a valuable team member. Simon the Zealot Simon was probably a political activist in his younger years and he was a man of fierce loyalties, amazing passion, courage, and zeal. Judas Son of James Judas lived in obscurity as one of the Twelve. He did ask Jesus the question “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?” Judas seemed overly concerned with this question. Christ responded by saying He would reveal Himself to anyone who loved Him.