Summary of passage: John the Baptist points out Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus gains his first 2 disciples (John and Andrew) who were followers of John the Baptist. They spent the day with Jesus. Then Andrew found his brother, Simon, whom Jesus called “cephas” or Peter.
8 ) Part personal question. My answer: They followed Jesus. Just listening to him as he moved us around the country and believing he had my life all worked out and I don’t have to worry at all.
9a) Jesus invited the men to follow him and see. They had to spend the day with him.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Spending the day reading the Bible, praying, listening for answers and guidance from God. Help others. Walk in his ways instead of mine.
Conclusions: The way to Jesus is simple: He’s identified. He invites you in. You follow and spend time with him. You believe. Open hearts and open minds are all that are required. If you follow these steps, belief and eternal life will follow.
End Notes: Most scholars agree the 2nd disciple who is never named must be John. John never names himself in this book and the account is so specific it must be made by an eye-witness.
“Look, the Lamb of God” is repeated from John 1:29. Perhaps John always said this when he saw Jesus. To him, it was the most important thing about Jesus.
John the Baptist did not care that his disciples left him for Jesus. After all, that’s his mission in this world: to prepare the way for Jesus.
“What do you want?” or “What do you seek?” are the first words spoken by Jesus in the book of John. And Jesus still asks us this today.
The disciples lived with Jesus and shared in his life. Jesus did not separate himself from his followers. The same is true today.
John remembers the time (the tenth hour) that he came to Jesus–another supporting detail that John was the 2nd disciple.
Every time we see Andrew in the book of John he is bringing people to Jesus (John 6:8 and 12:22). That is how most of us come to Jesus–through a friend or family member. Every Peter has an Andrew. Who was your Andrew?
“We have found the Messiah” is the simplest and greatest testimony for Jesus.
Jesus knew what kind of man Peter would become so he renames him.
By spending the day with Jesus, the disciples would have first-hand testimony of Jesus and his doings to tell others instead of just pure faith alone.
Comparison of the gospels accounts of the first calling of the disciples HERE Interesting to see the differences.
Fun post about the order of the calling of the disciples HERE Only 4 people total in the New Testament got renamed. This same post goes over each in detail. 3 were disciples and Saul/Paul is considered a close second disciple. There are also 3 sets of the brothers of the original 12 disciples. Cool!