Disciple - mathetes, lit., "a learner accomplished by endeavor, a pupil, and adherent...an imitator of their teacher." (See John 8:31,) W.E. Vine, Vine's Expository

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In the beginning of the ministry of Jesus, we find that He “…was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little further, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending their nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.” (Mark 1:16-20, NASB)

At the end of His ministry, Jesus met again with His disciples in the Upper Room and reminded them that He had come to this earth to die on a Roman cross for the sin of fallen humanity, saying to them: “…after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee” (Matthew 26:32). After His resurrection, “…the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:15-20, NASB)

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