What are the parallels between Jesus and the twelve disciples?

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The Bible records parallels in the ministry of Jesus and those of the twelve disciples. These parallels are seen in the following facets:

First- Jesus and the 12 disciples preached the message of the coming kingdom of heaven:

Matthew 4:17 – “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 10:5-8 – “These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Second- Jesus gave the 12 disciples the power to do miracles of healings and casting out devils:

Matthew 4:24 – “News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.”

Matthew 10:1 – “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”

The church today has a similar calling to that of the apostolic church (1 Peter 2:9). Christ calls his end time church to follow in His steps. Peter wrote, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

Christ has provided the master pattern for the patient and faithful ministry to the lost world that His disciples must carry on. All who acknowledge God as their Lord are commissioned to bear witness to Him and tell of His good news of salvation. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 43:10).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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