35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Capture the big idea. God’s Word communicates big ideas. Periodically ask: What’s the big idea in this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?
The most important qualification for Jesus’ disciples is to know his name—that is, to be absolutely clear in heart and mind about who he is and what he has done. Thus, the first disciples were given an immersion course in Christology. In the span of 16 verses, Jesus is identified as “the Lamb of God,” “the Messiah,” “the Son of God,” “the King of Israel,” and “Son of Man”—all messianic names that take on a fuller meaning throughout John’s Gospel.
At the heart of all these names is the truth that Jesus has come to save—to be the ladder from heaven to earth of which Jacob dreamed (Gen. 28:12) and to which Jesus alludes in John 1:51. But we do not climb our way up to God; God in Christ came down to us. (ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible) (1)
- What stood out?
- What do you think it would have been like to have finally met Jesus, the Messiah and Savior you had always hear was coming?
- What made the disciples5 of John the Baptist decide to follow Jesus? (2)
- What do the events of John 1:35–37 teach us about John the Baptist’s ministry and about what all Christian ministry is ultimately meant to do? (2)
End in Prayer