Eyewitness: pp. 36, 37
In Your Bible: Matthew 4:18-21; Mark 1:16-20: Luke 5:8-11 and John 1:35-51
The Gospel of John shows how six men (John, Andrew, James, Simon/Peter, Philip, and Nathanael) met Jesus and would become his disciples.
Disciples Meet Jesus
John and Andrew, followers of John the Baptist, found Jesus and walked with him one day. They met Andrew’s brother Simon/Peter the next day. The following day, Jesus left for Galilee and he met Philip, who was from Bethsaida as were Andrew and Peter. “Follow me,” Jesus said (Eyewitness John 1:43). That’s the phrase all of us remember. The emphasis seems to be time with Jesus!
Nathanael Meets Jesus
Later, Philip ran ahead and found Nathanael sitting under a fig tree, meditating. Philip interrupted his thoughts. “We’ve found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one described by the prophet’s—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth (John 1:45d). “Teacher!” Nathanael exclaimed. “You really are the Son of God, the King of Israel” (John 1:47).
It is interesting to see the various ways the first disciples were called by Jesus. They would follow him, learn from him, and see the power of God working through him. The entire list of the 12 disciples is in Luke 6:13-16.
Prayer: Father, thank you for stepping toward me before I even knew you. You are patient and full of compassion for me.
Questions: What does it mean to be a disciple? A disciple of Christ?
* Matthew Henry’s Commentary in One Volume, Matthew Henry, Regency Reference Library, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, p.1513.