Studies In The Book Of John
The Text of John 1:35-42
John 1:35-37 - “(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.”
A. They were looking upon Jesus (I John 1:1-3).
1. Sadly, some had to look upon the Lord to be followers (John 20:26-29).
2. Those who do not need to see Christ to believe are the ones that please the Lord (Romans 8:24-25, II Corinthians 4:18; 5:7, and I Peter 1:7-9).
B. As was discussed in John 1:29, Jesus is the Lamb of God and we need to know that (Revelation 19:7-9).
1. “Behold the Lamb of God”, certainly is a weighty statement (Acts 8:32-35 and I Corinthians 5:7).
2. There were two specific times wherein the instruction to behold Christ was not so cheerful (John 19:1-5; 19:25-26).
John 1:38 - “Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?”
A. “What seek ye”, is a good question since most were/are not seeking the truth (Isaiah 30:9-11, Jeremiah 5:30-31, Ezekiel 33:30-33, and II Timothy 4:2-5).
1. Some sought Jesus with wrong intentions (John 11:56-57; cf. Psalms 37:32).
2. Others pretentiously seek Jesus (John 6:24-27).
3. The Lord can be found if sought after aright (Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:13, and Luke 11:9-10).
B. Jesus is the Rabbi [Master] (Matthew 23:7-8, John 1:49, John 3:2, John 6:25, and John 20:16).
1. Jesus accepted being called Master and Lord (John 13:13).
2. John’s disciples referred to John as Rabbi (John 3:25-26).
John 1:39-42 - “(39) He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (40) One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. (41) He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. (42) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”
A. Jesus welcomed Andrew and the other to come and visit with Him (John 6:37).
B. Andrew invited Simon saying they found the Messias, which is interpreted “the Christ” (John 4:25).
1. The Jews were looking for “the Christ” (Matthew 26:63).
2. Jesus is “the Christ” (Mark 8:29).
3. What we are studying now is to help us in our faith of Jesus being “the Christ” (John 20:30-31).
C. Peter is Simon the son of Jona, brother of Andrew (Matthew 10:2 and John 21:15-17).
1. When you read of Cephas, you know you are reading of Peter (cf. I Corinthians 9:5 and Galatians 2:9).
2. Since Cephas means “a stone” some confuse Matthew 16:16-18 for Jesus building His church upon Peter. We know that Peter was merely a part of the foundation now greater than any other (Acts 10:25-26, I Corinthians 1:12-13, and Ephesians 2:20-22).
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