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35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
To recap our study:
The major theme throughout John’s Gospel is that Jesus is the Son of God and belief in Him grants eternal life (John 3:16; 20:31). Deeper theologically than Matthew Mark or Luke, the gospel of John has one goal: to tell you who Jesus of Nazareth really was and all that He is.
John 1:1-3, 14 (The Word)
John 1:4-13 (The Light)
John 1:15-28 (The Lamb of God)
John 1:29-34 (The Son of God)
John 1:35-42 (The Messiah)
In verse 35, Jesus is still at the river with John the Baptist. This is the 3rd day; the 7th day is when the marriage at Cana takes place (John 2:1). The two disciples are John, the writer of this gospel, and his friend Andrew. Originally disciples of John the Baptist, they are eager to follow Jesus after witnessing the Spirit descends on Him. That is another prevailing theme in John’s gospel: WITNESS. He provides eye witness accounts of the Saviour to verify his claims about Christ.
What do John and Andrew ask of Jesus (v.38)? “Where are you living?” They weren’t making small talk either; he invited them and they followed Jesus home. Are we just as willing to dwell with Him? What a testament to their salvation, that they immediately wanted to dwell with the Lord just as the Holy Spirit indwells new believers in the New Testament era. Then, they went to fetch their brothers. John brought James; Andrew brought Simon Peter. I love this part of the story. John and Andrew are true disciples. They don’t just want to live with Jesus and soak up His every word. They ran and told others that the Redeemer had come.
In verse 42, Simon Peter receives a new name. Christ calls him ‘Cephas’ which is interpreted ‘a stone’. Throughout Christ’s ministry, we see Peter’s shortcomings. He is weak, impetuous, and he denies his Lord three times before He was crucified despite how much that he loved Jesus. Peter is also a lesson to us today because just like Paul, we find that God picks up where we fall short.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)
The word ‘Messiah’ is a Hebrew term and means the ‘anointed’. In Greek, this same word translates “Christ”. The Hebrew people often called their kings, the Anointed. When these men left with news that the Messiah had come, Israel knew the promised King had arrived! Regardless of what language that you use, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Why? Because He is the God of all people. Cry out to Him in any tongue and He will receive you.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Until next time…