John 1:29-51 May 1st 2018

Focus Questions:

  1. When you discover who Jesus is were you willing to lay everything else aside to follow Him?
  2. When you started following Jesus did you want those close to you to meet Him as well?
  3. Are you willing to simply be an Andrew, or are you only wanting to follow Christ if you can be a Peter?
  4. When you hear of Jesus do you believe or doubt? If you doubt are you willing to have Jesus speak truth against those doubts?

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Here we have John’s testimony of who Jesus is. This is clearly some time after Jesus had been baptized by John. John reminds the people, and tells this new group of people who exactly Jesus is. John did not say that Jesus was just a good example to follow, someone that we can learn some good lessons by which to live our lives. No, john tells us plainly that He is the Son of God and He has come to take away the sins of the world. Jesus comes to baptize us with the Holy Spirit, which is amazing and a needed thing, especially if you are someone who is in ministry. This is such an important thing, and something that I think we miss in alot of our churches, I know I did in the church I grew up in. therefore I am going to make a seperate post that explains what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and I’ll give the part of my testimony that pertains to being baptized with the Holy Spirit.

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).

These guys were disciples of John and they heard John’s testimony about who Jesus was and they went out to follow Jesus. They wanted to see where Jesus was staying, they wanted to see what He was really all about. Jesus’ response is simple, come and see. He invites us all to do the same thing, come and see who He is and what is all about.

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).

How awesome is that. Andrew went and found his brother to bring him along to meet Jesus.without that we may not have had Peter as a disciple. Classic Peter who often speaks when he should not, makes some awesome claims only to fall back on them and deny the Lord three times, who then becomes an awesome spokes person in the early church. That is all because Andrew thought of his brother and went to tell him that the Messiah was there.

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.”

Here we have another example of someone who knows who Jesus is and does not what a friend to miss out. He goes and tells Nathanael of Jesus.

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.”

Now Nathanael does not immediately believe what he is being told. He is stuck on the place from which Jesus came, wrongfully thinking that no one good could come from such a place. As wrong as it is we can all have those notions as well, thinking that there are placing that are just rough and wrong places to be and that nothing good can come from there. Jesus proves that all wrong. As Nathanael approached Jesus, Jesus knew the doubt that was in him and calls him by name. He then tells him that he knew where he was before Philip even found him their. Nathanael’s mind is blown and believes and follows Jesus. Jesus then informs him that he will see even crazier things than that. This is the way it always is with Jesus. In the beginning of walking with Him we see some awesome things, and they just continue to come as we continue to walk with Him.

Caitlin Renne