Jesus Chooses His Apostles


Chapter 18
Peter didn't catch any fish

One day Jesus taught people on the shore of the Sea of Galilee from a boat. The boat belonged to a man named Peter. Peter and his friends had fished all night without catching any fish. Luke 5:1–5

Jesus told Peter where to fish

After Jesus taught the people, He told Peter to take the boat into deep water. Then He told Peter and his friends to put their fishnets into the water, and they did. Luke 5:4–5

Peter caught many fish

They caught so many fish in their nets that they began to break. Luke 5:5–6

The fish filled two boats

Peter called to his friends in another boat to come and help. The fish filled both boats. Luke 5:7

Jesus made this happen

Peter and his friends were amazed. They knew that Jesus Christ had made this happen. Luke 5:9

Peter knelt before Jesus

Peter knelt by the Savior’s feet and said that he was a sinner and not worthy to be near Jesus. Jesus told Peter to not be afraid. Luke 5:8–10

Peter, James and John follow Christ

Two of Peter’s friends, James and John, were brothers. Jesus told all of them to come with Him. The three men left everything they had and went with Jesus. The Savior asked other men to go with Him, too, and be “fishers of men.” Luke 5:10–11; Matt. 4:18–22, Matt. 9:9; John 1:35–51

Jesus called twelve as Apostles

He needed twelve Apostles to lead His church. Because He wanted to choose the right men, the Savior prayed all night. The next morning He chose and ordained twelve men, giving them the priesthood and the power to be Apostles. Luke 6:12–16; John 15:16

The Apostles told about Jesus

The Apostles traveled to many cities and taught the gospel and healed people. Then they returned to tell Jesus what they had done. Luke 9:1–6, 10; Mark 6:30

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett