The Apostle Jude sometimes called Judah or Thaddeus and the Apostle James known as the son of Alphaeus were brothers. Their mother was Mary who also was the same Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. This indicates that Joseph the adoptive father of Christ must have died and Mary was remarried to Alphaeus. In the Bible there is no such thing as a half-brother or half-sister they were simply brothers to Christ. Even despite this in Jude’s opening statement from his gospel he merely refers to himself as the servant of Jesus Christ. This is a great example of the humbleness and humility that all Christians should have.
Whilst the Twelve Apostles are certainly the most famous of Christ’s disciples. It is evident that
Christ had many many more followers throughout his ministry. For example in Luke 10 Jesus sends seventy disciples to prepare the way for him. Paul mentions that over five hundred people saw Christ after his resurrection. We also know there were many female followers of Christ, for example the Apostle Mark his mother was a prominent follower of Jesus Christ. There are likely many more women as well as men who aren’t mentioned.
When the three Magi saw out the Christ child, word began to spread all around Judea that the Messiah had been born. We learn in John 1 that even some of the Sumerians were expecting the Messiah. In Luke 24250 to the Christ even at a young age would teach to large crowds in Luke 14 to 15 we learned that news of Christ were spreading all around the countryside. So by the time Christ encounters Peter as he’s fishing it’s no surprise that PR already refers to him as master or rather teacher a clear sign of respect and that Peter already knew him.
After Judas hanged himself the twelve apostles had been
reduced to 11 the question was who would replace Judas the Apostles took it upon
themselves to nominate someone for the spot and to this they cast lots between
two candidates and Matthias won although they prayed and although they had good
intentions the Apostles are taking it upon their own initiative to nominate
two men as candidates and a lot had to fall on one or the other neither of them
was not an option as Christ told the Apostles you have not chosen me I have
chosen you as from Matthias nothing ever became of his ministry none of his
writings appeared in the Bible and you never hear of him again Christ had
revealed his own selection in paul of tarsus this reflects the actual will of
God and it shows when the devices of men are not aligned with his will nothing
will ever become of them Paul went on to become the most influential figure
besides Jesus in the beginning of Christian