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What is a disciple?

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RELIGION COURSEWORK What is a disciple? The dictionary states a follower of the doctrines of a teacher. Discipleship is to follow Jesus Christ, his teachings and example of his life. Jesus had many followers at his time, he had twelve special followers called the disciples (or apostles), and these men give up everything in order to follow Jesus. They give up their friends, Homes, and families and security of a life they knew. The apostles were not the only followers at this time Jesus had many other followers those such as Mary Magdalene, Bartimaeus, and Mary the mother of James and Salome. These are people who came to listen to Jesus' preaching they were not as committed to Jesus as the apostles were, as they still had a home and family. The twelve apostles had an important role in the life of Jesus, in the opening two chapters of the gospel Jesus calls the first four apostles, Simon and his brother Andrew and James and his brother John. As Jesus walked along the shore of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing with a net Jesus said to them: "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people" and at once they left their nets and followed Jesus. Further on they saw two more brothers James and John the sons of Zebedee, they were in their boat getting their nets ready, as soon as Jesus saw them he called them; and at once they left their father in the boat with the hired men and followed Jesus. ...read more.

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She reached out and touched his cloak and her bleeding stopped. At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of him, so he turned round to the crowd and asked "who touched my clothes?" the woman realised what had happened to her and came, trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole truth. Jesus said to her "My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your trouble." This story is an example of true faith in Jesus. Jesus cares not only for her physical health but also for her emotional and spiritual well being. She can now go in peace her faith in Jesus has saved her, she is now one of the family, a member of the kingdom of God. Being a disciple was very important, these men followed Jesus they give their lives. For these twelve men discipleship would have involved physical hardship such as loneliness, tiredness, hunger, and lack of shelter they would also have suffered from emotional hardship such as fear, rejection and confusion. When they would go out with Jesus they would never know what was going to happen. One thing that was necessary was faith, in Jesus and his teaching. The apostles must have had faith as they followed Jesus at the start but often this faith was put to the test, take the incident at sea the disciples showed little faith in Jesus; One evening Jesus and his disciples went across to the other ...read more.

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Jesus is abandoned even by his closest friends. When Jesus was arrested and Peter was in the courtyard a high priests servant woman came by. When she saw peter she looked at him and said, "You too, were with Jesus of Nazareth." But Peter denied it, they accused him twice again but as before he denied it denied it. The reason Peter denies Jesus is because he is fearing for his own safety at this time. It is not only Peter that has failed at this time, Judas has also betrayed Jesus. He told the chief priests and teachers that he would lead them to Jesus so that they could arrest him secretly. No one knows Judas motive for this perhaps he was frightened he knew Jesus was going to be in trouble, and he was trying to save his own skin, or perhaps he was disappointed that Jesus was not behaving the way he expected the messiah should behave. And so he thought if he put Jesus into a tight corner, he would force him to show his power. All twelve apostles showed lack of faith in Jesus, even when Jesus rose to life and appeared to two of the apostles, the rest would not believe them that they had saw Jesus. Jesus appeared to the eleven and scolded them, because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive. ...read more.

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