Thoughts: Can you reel off the names of the twelve disciples? They are listed four times in the New Testament, in each of the synoptic gospels and again in Acts.
Although the gospel of John never lists the disciples, John tells us how Jesus came to Philip and to Nathaniel and asked them to follow him.
Philip lived in Bethsaida in Galilee. When Jesus found Philip, he said simply, “Follow me.” Philip’s answer was not recorded, but he found his friend Nathaniel and told him he had found the promised Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
Nathaniel lived in Cana in Galilee, a large and centrally located town. By contrast, Nazareth was considered a frontier town, isolated and provincial.
Nathaniel’s answer to Philip was so human – so timeless. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” he scoffed.
In his ensuing conversation with Jesus, Nathaniel was convinced that indeed, something very good could come out of Nazareth. Philip and Nathaniel (sometimes called Bartholomew) became two of Jesus’ twelve disciples. And the other ten?
Discussion: What qualities did Jesus perceive in Philip and in Nathaniel that appealed to him?
Activity: Commit the names of the twelve disciples to memory. If Jesus chose them to be his closest companions, they deserve to be remembered.
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