This study, based on a book of the same name by Jim Setser, examines the personality of each of the Twelve chosen by Jesus to train as an Apostle. The Bible contains much information about some of the Twelve but very little about others. Yet a lot can be learned about each by his words or actions in certain situations.
Much has been written about the Twelve that Jesus chose; some true, some speculation, some legend, some tradition, and some fabrication. Yet, throughout two thousand years of history ,it has become increasingly apparent that, while these men may have been ordinary, Jesus chose each one of them for a purpose. He saw the potential in each one of them to become a cornerstone of his Kingdom. Even those he chose each one of them just as he was, Jesus had no intention in leaving him that way.
During the two years that followed their choosing, some went to sleep on the job, others ran away, one denied him, and one betrayed him. Yet the diligence, the patience and the love demonstrated by the Master in transforming these lumpy bits of clay into the most brilliant of diamonds is beyond description.
As we look deeper into the darkness of a distant past, it is easy to conclude that the Twelve weren’t much different than those of us today. Jesus takes us just the way we are but he doesn’t leave us that way.
James L. Setser, Instructor