What happened to Jesus disciples
What happened to Jesus' disciples after His earthly ministry?
When studying the life of those closest to Jesus, it is interesting to learn what happened to Jesus’ disciples.
Following the ascension of Jesus into heaven, His disciples went out and had tremendous impact on the world! They took the gospel of Jesus to far-off places and also left us the legacy of the New Testament. They used the training Jesus gave them to impact and encourage us in our faith.
What happened to Jesus' disciples – Their deaths
Many of Jesus’ disciples were martyred for their faith.
Peter – Tradition tells us that he was martyred at Rome in AD 67. Jesus predicted this in John 21:18-19, “‘I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’”
Andrew – Tradition teaches that Andrew was martyred in Greece. One account says he led the wife of a Roman governor to Christ. As a result, Andrew was killed. Some think he was crucified and continued to share of Jesus until the very end.
James – He was martyred by Herod Agrippa and this is recorded in Acts 12:1-2: “It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.”
John – John was not martyred, but endured intense suffering. To the end, he was a serious defender of the faith.
Philip – Tradition tells us that Philip was used greatly in spreading of the message of Jesus. It is not clear how he died, but tradition indicates that he was martyred by stoning at Heliopolis.
Nathanael – Church history tells us that Nathanael preached Jesus’ message in Persia and India. There is no reliable record as to how he died, but history does indicate that he was martyred.
Thomas – There is evidence that Thomas took Jesus’ message of hope as far as India. Tradition says he was speared to death.
Simon (the Zealot) – It is said that Simon took the gospel north and preached in the British Isles. There is no reliable record of what happened to him, but most believe he was also martyred.
Matthew – Unknown
James – Unknown
Judas (not Iscariot) – He was traditionally martyred in Persia with Simon the Zealot
Judas Iscariot – Judas committed suicide as recorded in Matthew 27:5: “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself."
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