John 1:35-42: John stood with two of his disciples

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).

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).  John 1:35-42

Those who were disciples of John the Baptist were those who feared the Lord already.  They heard John proclaim the truth and they were cut to the heart.  They followed John because they were drawn by the Holy Spirit.  But John understood his role in God’s plan that John was merely sent to prepare the hearts of the people for Jesus.

When John saw Jesus he proclaimed to his disciples that Jesus was the Lamb of God.  In hearing this these disciples were drawn to follow Jesus because that meant that Jesus was the messiah.  They asked Jesus where he was staying and they went with Him.

Upon finding the messiah Andrew immediately went and found His brother Peter.  This would be a day that would change Peter’s life forever.  For it was this day that when Jesus looked at Him He gave Him the name Cephas to be called.  Cephas meant stone and it was because in time Peter would become a bedrock in the church that Jesus was birthing through His death and resurrection.

It is funny when the disciples of John came to Jesus that Jesus asked them what they were seeking.  People during the earthly ministry of Jesus sought Him for many different reasons.  Some sought Him because their hearts were pure and they saw Him for who He is.  But others sought Him because they desired to be healed or receive a touch, but in the end they rejected Him.

But Andrew’s heart was pure and it was this day when He found Jesus that His life would change forever.  Andrew was one of the original eleven disciples who even though they abandoned Him when He went to the cross, they followed and served Him throughout their lives.

The Lord draws people through the Holy Spirit, but in the end it is a person’s freewill that determines if they were choose Jesus or they will reject Him.  But we are not merely called to simply choose Jesus, we are called to commit our lives to Him and become disciples.  A disciple walks closely with the master and desires to become the master in every way.  As we abide in Him daily and seek Him, we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit into the image of Jesus Christ.

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