Disciples Follow Jesus

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Disciples Follow Jesus

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (John 1:35-51, NKJV)

1:35-39 John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

John pointed his disciples to Jesus. That is the evidence of a true minister of Christ; one who does not think of people as his disciples but directs them to follow Jesus.

The apostle Paul told the Ephesian elders,

For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. (Acts 20:29-30)

When you see someone trying to get you to follow them instead of following Christ, get away from him; he is not a true minister of Jesus.

1:40-42 Peter Is Called

Peter’s brother Andrew was first a disciple of John. When he began to follow Jesus, he told Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah!”

A true disciple is faithful to tell his or her family that they’ve found Jesus Christ and invites them to find Him as well.

1:43-46 Philip Is Called

Again, in Philip we see a person who commits to follow Christ, and immediately tells someone about Jesus.

Nathaniel Doubts

Nathaniel at first isn’t too hip to the idea that this guy who people are believing is the Messiah comes from Nazareth. He had grown up in Cana, only four miles from Nazareth. He obviously didn’t think too much of the town or anything that came out of it.

Often, we’ll get into a witnessing situation in which the person has all kinds of problems with the gospel of Christ. We tend to think that we must overcome all of their objections and obstacles to bring them to faith. But notice that Philip didn’t try to debate or argue the merits of Nazareth. He just said, “Come and see.” That’s exactly what we’re called to do; just invite people to see Jesus for themselves.

1:47-51 Nathaniel Believes

Jesus gives Nathaniel a small miracle: “Hey, I saw you under the fig tree earlier.” “Wow! You must be the Son of God to know where I was!”

Ascending And Descending

“Philip, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” was Jesus’ answer.

 

What does that mean? In Genesis 28, Jacob , using a stone for a pillow, has an interesting dream. He dreams of a ladder placed between heaven and earth. A bridge across the impassable barrier between man and God. Angels are ascending and descending on it. Jesus is saying, “A time will come when you will see that I am Jacob’s ladder; the only ladder to heaven, the only bridge to God.” The great thing about this picture is that since Jesus is Jacob’s ladder, we see clearly that Jesus doesn’t show us the way to heaven, Jesus is the way to heaven!

Today, we have read about four four disciples follow Christ in four different ways. Andrew followed Christ because of a preacher. Peter followed because of his brother witnessed to him. Philip was called by Jesus personally, and Nathaniel came because of the persistence of a friend’s invitation to meet Jesus.

If you haven’t met Jesus Christ personally, if you haven’t received His forgiveness for your sins, come to Him today. He is the only bridge, the only ladder, the only stairway, to heaven.

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