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*`Jesus and His Twelve Apostles`*
The Twelve Apostles (according to the Gospel of Luke) are as follows:
Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits,
to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
2..Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter,
and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3...Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; Simon the Canaanite;
James the son of Alphaeus, Jude Thaddaeus AND Judas Iscariot.
When and how did the Twelve Apostles die?
The Bible only mentions the deaths of two apostles, James who was put to death by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD and Judas Iscariot who committed suicide shortly after the death of Christ.    The details of the deaths of three of the apostles (John, the Beloved, Bartholomew and Simon the Canaanite) are not known at all, either by tradition or early historians. The deaths of the other seven apostles are known by tradition or the writings of early Christian historians.  According to traditions and the Bible, eight of the Apostles died as Martyrs.  At least two of the Apostles, Peter and Andrew were crucified.

Simon surnamed Peter:
died 33-34 years after the death of Christ.  According to Smith's Bible Dictionary there is "satisfactory evidence that he and Paul were the founders of the church at Rome, and died in that city. The time and manner of the apostle's martyrdom are less certain. According to the early writers, he died at or about the same time with Paul, and in the Neronian persecution, A.D. 67,68. All agree that he was crucified. Origen says that Peter felt himself to be unworthy to be put to death in the same manner as his Master, and was therefore,
at his own request, crucified with his head downward."

James the son of Zebedee:  
He was put to death by Herod Agrippa I  shortly before the day of the Passover, in the year 44 or about 11 years after the death of Christ.  From Acts 12: 1-2.

No death date given by early writers.  Death date is by conjecture only and is variously assigned as being between 89 AD to 120 AD

No accurate death date given. A variety of traditions say he preached in Scythia, in Greece,
in Asia Minor and Thrace.  He is reported to have been crucified
at Patrae in Achaia.

Again, the Bible does not say when he died nor do we have accurate information.  According to tradition he preached in Phrygia, and died at Hierapolis. Update: FoxNews July 27, 2011 Tomb of the Apostle Phillip is found in Hierapolis.

There is no information concerning his death, not even by tradition

He must have lived many years as an apostle, since he was the author of the Gospel of Matthew which was written
at least twenty years after the death of Christ. There is reason to believe that he stayed for fifteen years at Jerusalem, after which he went as missionary to the Persians, Parthians and Medes. There is a legend that he died a martyr in Ethiopia.

The earlier traditions, as believed in the fourth century, say he preached in Parthia or Persia, and was finally buried at Edessa. The later traditions carry him farther east.   His martyrdom whether in Persia or India, is said to have been by a lance, and is commemorated by the Latin Church on December 21 the Greek Church on October 6, and by the Indians on July 1.

James Alpheus:
We know he lived at least five years after the death of Christ because of mentions in the Bible.  According to tradition, James son of Alpheus was thrown down from the temple by the scribes and Pharisees; he was then stoned, and his brains dashed out with a fuller's club.

Simon the Canaanite:
No information either in the Bible or by tradition.

Jude (Thaddeus):
according to tradition Jude taught in Armenia, Syria and Persia where he was martyred.  Tradition tells us he was buried in Kara Kalisa in what is now Iran.

Judas Iscariot:
Shortly after the death of Christ Judas killed himself. According to the Bible he hanged himself, (Matthew 27:5) at Aceldama, on the southern slope of the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, and in the act he fell down a precipice and was dashed into pieces.



======~`+`~======`THE LAST SUPPER`======~`+`~======


The Last Supper is one of several major events in the earthly life of Jesus Christ that are recorded in the Bible. The Last Supper is a description of the last meal Jesus Christ had with His disciples prior to His arrest and crucifixion on a roman cross
about 2,000 years ago.
The Last Supper contains many significant principles, and continues to be an important part of Christian lives throughout the world.

 The Last Supper: The Significance:
 The Last Supper is described in three of the four New Testament Gospels,
Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Here are some of the life-changing highlights, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.

First, Jesus predicts He will suffer soon after this meal and it will be His last meal prior to finishing His work on behalf of the kingdom of God (Luke 22:15-16).

Second, Jesus gives His followers symbols of remembrance for His body and His blood sacrificed on behalf of all mankind.
"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me'" (Luke 22:19).

 Third, Jesus provides a very important principle for living a Christian life: the greatest are those who serve others, not those who expect to be served (Luke 22:26).

Finally, Jesus provides hope to his followers: "and I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29-30).

For the last two millennia, the Last Supper has inspired people to live by faith
in Jesus Christ, by serving others instead of following the worldly influences
of expecting to be served.
The Last Supper:
The History of the Event The Last Supper was held on the evening of preparation for the Jewish Passover, a very holy time for the Jewish nation in remembrance of when God spared the Jews from the plague of death on every firstborn child in Egypt.
Jesus arranged the dinner purposely by instructing His disciples where to host it.
His twelve disciples were with Him during and after the meal. It is here that Jesus makes the prediction that Peter will deny knowing Him three times
before the rooster crows that morning, which became true.
Jesus also predicts that one disciple, Judas Iscariot, will betray Him,
which also became true. The Last Supper was a gathering for Christ to fellowship with His disciples one last time prior to His arrest and crucifixion.

The Last Supper: The Application
After the Last Supper, Jesus Christ willfully and obediently allowed himself to be brutally sacrificed on a wooden cross. He did this to reconcile each of us to God by paying the debt of our sins, which we could never do on our own power.

In return, Jesus makes a simple request, remember this act of love He performed on our behalf. Jesus Christ did not have to die for us. He did, however, because He values every life on earth and wants to see each of us sitting at His dining table someday in heaven.

Throughout the Bible, and throughout history, the truth of Christ's message
has been established - that
we can join Jesus in heaven by acknowledging His sacrifice and accepting Him into our life. In addition, we can apply the lessons Jesus taught at the Last Supper to live a faithful life while here on earth by serving others in love.

The bread is a symbol of the body of Jesus, never to be forgotten as it was given to us.
The cup represents the blood of Jesus, never to be forgotten as he poured out His life for us. Jesus Christ has offered everybody the gift of His life, death and resurrection.
The Last Supper reminds us of Christ's sacrifice, and that by faith in Him,
 we can dine with Christ for all eternity -
SOURCE: Excerpts/allaboutjesuschrist.


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