Hi, I'm Tim Coombs, co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and a member of the network of biblical storytellers. To learn more about its mission, go to nbsint.org.
Who were the apostles of Jesus? Well most all of them came from the region of Galilea where Jesus began his early ministry. The first that were called in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were Peter and his brother Andrew, and then succeeded with James and John. Now these four were fishermen. They were not the kind of people who were looking to follow a Rabbi or perhaps were not deemed necessarily smart enough. But Jesus saw something in them and decided to call them to follow him. And in all the accounts, they just leave their boats and their nets and follow him along the way. Another one, Matthew, was a tax collector, and Jesus invites him, and he just gets up from the place of collecting the taxes and follows Jesus. And so on and so forth. They're all named in various parts of the gospels. These twelve followed with Jesus, as did many others. Three were very close to Jesus, we're told in the gospels. Peter, James and John were sort of his three right-hand men. After Jesus is resurrected and Judas is no longer in the picture, they cast lots for the twelfth, and it falls upon a Mathias who becomes one of the twelve, but then after that the amount of apostles, those spreading the word of Jesus, begins to expand and expand and expand. Who are the apostles? The ones who proclaim the message of Jesus.