Can You Imagine What It Feels Like To Be The First Disciples?

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The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

 
Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
 
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
 
“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
 
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).
 
Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).
 

John 1:35-42 (NLT)

 

Disciples desired to come and see Jesus, and when they encountered Him, they remained with him.

 

This is now the third day in the sequence. The seventh day included the wedding at Cana; and since Jewish weddings traditionally were on Wednesdays, it would make this third day the Sabbath Day. But it was not a day of rest for either John the Baptist or Jesus, for John was preaching and Jesus was gathering disciples.

 

The two disciples of John who followed Jesus were John, the writer of the Gospel, and his friend Andrew. John the Baptist was happy when people left him to follow Jesus, because his ministry focused on Jesus.

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)

 

When Jesus asked them,

 

“What are you seeking?”

 

This is a very important question. Not everyone seeks Jesus for the right reasons. We need to evaluate our motives for seeking the Lord.

 

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Jesus was forcing them to define their purposes and goals.

 

Were they looking for a revolutionary leader to overthrow Rome?

 

Then they had better join the Zealots!

 

Little did the disciples Andrew and John realize that day how the Son of God would transform their lives?

 

“Where are You dwelling?”

 

Jesus had a place where He dwelt. This passage doesn’t give us any detail about it, but there was a dwelling and it was large enough for these disciples to dwell with Him. This needs to be considered along with the scripture from Matthew 8:20 and Luke 9:58 where Jesus said He didn’t have anywhere to lay His head. At one time He did, and it can be supposed that He could have had a home if He wanted one. But He was itinerating, and it was impractical for Him to have a home. It wasn’t impossible. Jesus wasn’t poor.

 

“Come and you’ll see,” He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning.
 

John 1:39 (HCSB)

 

Jesus invited them to spend the day with Him (it was 10 a.m.) and no doubt He told them something of His mission, revealed their own hearts to them, and answered their questions. They were both so impressed that they found their brothers and brought them to Jesus.

 

We are to start our evangelization at home (Acts 1:8) although Jesus told us we will have better results elsewhere. Andrew found Simon and John brought James. Indeed, they were their brothers’ keepers! (Gen. 4:9)

 

Whenever you find Andrew in John’s Gospel, he is bringing somebody to Jesus:

 

  • His brother, the lad with the loaves and fishes
  • The Greeks who wanted to see Jesus (John 12:20-21).

 

No sermons from Andrew are recorded, but he certainly preached great sermons by his actions as a personal soul winner!

 

He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (Which means “Anointed One”),
 

John 1:41 (HCSB)

 

Andrew’s message was very simple: he found the Messiah.  Messiah is a Hebrew word that means “anointed,” and the Greek equivalent is “Christ.”

 

His understanding of Jesus was limited, and no doubt he received greater revelation during the next three years as one of the apostles. But he simply shared what he knew, and it was enough to get his brother, Simon, to go to Jesus and check Him out for himself. That is all that witnessing is.

 

And he brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which means “Rock”).
 

John 1:42 (HCSB)

 

Simon Peter was one of the prominent apostles and even wrote two books of the Bible (1 and 2 Peter). But Andrew was the one who brought him to Jesus. We often overlook people who aren’t in the limelight, but everyone needs someone to bring them to Jesus. Someone we reach might be the next Billy Graham.

 

Simon’s interview with Jesus changed his life. It also gave him a new name Cephas, which means “the Rock” (Strong’s Concordance). It took a great deal of work for Jesus to transform weak Simon into a rock, but He did it!

 

“You are… You shall be” is a great encouragement to all who trust Christ. Truly, He gives us the “power to become” (John 1:12).

 

It is worth noting that the disciples Andrew and John trusted Christ through the faithful preaching of John the Baptist. Peter and James came to Christ because of the compassionate personal work of their brothers. Later on, Jesus would win Philip personally; and then Philip would witness to Nathanael and bring him to Jesus. Each man’s experience is different, because God uses various means to bring sinners to the Savior. The important thing is that we trust Christ and then seek to bring others to Him.

 

References
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Alive (John 1-12)
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

 

 

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