The Twelve Apostles Are Chosen

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The Twelve Apostles Are Chosen

Jesus calls Simon PeterWhen Jesus heard about the arrest of John the Baptist, he left Nazareth and went to Galilee, a region in Palestine.  Galilee was a pagan land at that time.  Jesus settled in the town of Capernaum, which is near the Sea of Galilee and started preaching about repentance and the kingdom of heaven.

As He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew, his brother, casting a net; for they were fishermen.  And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:18-19)  Peter and Andrew followed Jesus.  Then He called two other brothers, James and John, who also were fishermen.  The brothers were in a boat, mending their nets with Zebedee, their father.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. (4:22)

Jesus chose twelve men whom He called disciples.  He gave them power to heal all kinds of sickness and cast out (изгонять) unclean spirits.  Soon, a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem came to hear Jesus.

The disciples were always with Jesus.  One of them, Judas, later betrayed Him.  The other eleven became missionaries and spread the word of our Lord to the world.