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About-Him Devotional 01-25-03
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
Five Disciples Enrolled: John 1:35-49
John 1:35 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.
John the Baptist was standing with two of his disciples, Andrew and probably John, when once again he saw Jesus waling nearby. He repeated the utterance of the previous day, "Behold the Lamb of God!"
Nothing feeble about his utterance. The Lamb is among you. The Holy Ghost baptizer has arrived. The eternal Deity, Immanuel, God with us, Messiah, Prophet, Priest and Redeemer is right over there.
John knew that his ministry as forerunner was coming to an end. He had done his job and done it well. The whole nation had been awakened from their slumber, national repentance was taking place. The highway was being made smooth for the King. John could just as well have been reciting Isaiah 40:9.
Isaiah 40:9 ¶ O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift [it] up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Andrew and John made a decision that they would hold to for the rest of their life. They began to follow Jesus. Jesus turned and asked, "What are you looking for?" They answered, Where do you live?" Jesus' simply reply was the same that He gives to inquirers today (Matthew 11;28; John 7:37; Revelation 22:17), "Come and see." The spent the day with Jesus and were filled with zeal to spread the word.
Little of Andrew is recorded is scripture. Tradition says that he was crucified for his Lord in Scotland. He may be numbered as a lesser apostle in this world, but who knows what reward is awaiting him in the next (Matthew 19:30). He became the first missionary. He found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus, exclaiming, "We have found the Messiah." Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter, denoting the rock he would become after he was converted and filled with the Spirit (Luke 22.32).
The next day, Jesus found Phillip, a neighbor of Andrew and Peter. Phillip had been baptised of John (this was a requirement for apostleship, Acts 1:22) and had no doubt heard the Baptist's speaking of Jesus. In any case He didn't hesitate, he followed Jesus.
Phillip became the second missionary. He went and found his friend Nathanael. "Nathanael, we've found the One of whom Moses and the prophets talked about, Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph."
Nathanael was happy to hear of a Messiah, but Nazareth was a different matter. Every country and every culture has had and still has their social pecking orders and Nazareth ranked at the very bottom.
Nathanael soon changed his mind when Jesus revealed the very thoughts and intents of his heart (Luke 6:8; John 2:24-25). Jesus told him that he had been meditating under a fig tree (Most scholars feel that he had been meditating about Jacob's ladder). Jesus said, "Hereafter, you'll see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man." Nathanael confessed Jesus as the Son of God and never turned back.
Conclusion: Jesus the Lamb of god is among us. He is Lord, God, Messiah and the Holy Ghost baptizer. He cares little for our social standing , religious position or our prejudice. He is still seeking to find and save the lost. His reply to any honest seeking is still, "Come and see!"
Next Week: The First Miracle
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