The First Disciples

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.

The next day John declares, again, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ His testimony causes Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, to follow Jesus. He soon finds his brother, who follows Jesus, too. Jesus tells Peter that his name will signify a ‘stone’.


“the two disciples…followed Jesus” (v.37). — When John’s disciples heard his declaration of Jesus as the Lamb of God, they leave John and follow Jesus. John’s mission was to point people to Jesus to enable them to follow the Messiah. John knew and repeatedly declared that his work was not about himself, but about revealing Jesus as the Lamb of God to Israel.

“What do you seek?” (v.38). — When Jesus notices that these two people are following him, Jesus asks them an important question. “What do you seek?” Obviously Jesus knows what these two are doing. But Jesus does not ask them who they are seeking, but what they are seeking. Jesus wants to know why they are following him. Jesus asks this question of every person who seems to be walking with him. What are you looking for? Why are you following Him?

“Where are you staying?” — They want to know where Jesus is staying. They are not saying that they are following because they are merely curious about his sleeping arrangements. They are declaring to Jesus that they want to get to know Jesus and spend time with him. They are seeking a relationship with Jesus. They are going to stay where Jesus is staying and they are going to use that time to learn more about the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

“Come and see” (v.39). — Jesus responds with the words they were hoping to hear! Follow me and let’s go spend some time together. Jesus receives people who with honest hearts are seeking to know Him. The only reason to follow Jesus is because you are seeking a relationship with the sin remover. Following Jesus is about needing our sins removed and desperately seeking a Savior.

“You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone) (v.42). — Andrew is one of these two disciples who has turned to follow Jesus. He gets his brother Simon and tells him that they had found the Messiah. They had found the Lamb of God who will take away sins and be their deliverer. Simon comes with Andrew to meet Jesus. Jesus looks at Simon and gives him a descriptive name, Cephas (A Stone). Jesus has the authority to change your identity. He has the ability and the authority to change everything about you.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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