Large crowds have been following Jesus wherever he goes. Some of these people have been called personally by Jesus to follow him. But most are following him because of his remarkable teaching and his amazing power. Now, from among them, Jesus chooses a special group of people. There are many people following Jesus, but he picks out twelve people to be his closest followers, called “disciples.” In the Jewish culture, “disciples” were learners who were to learn from the teacher by living and travelling with him, and listening and watching everything that he said and did.