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How did the disciples meet Jesus? a bible study on John 1:35-45

Updated on February 4, 2014
"Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is here!"
"Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is here!"

John 1:35 - 45

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

"Come," he replied, "and you will see."

So they went and saw where he was staying,and spent that day with him. It was about the 10th hour. Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, " We have found the Messiah" (that is the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter.

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."



Up until now, John the Baptist has been the center of attention in Bethany. Crowds of people have gathered to hear him speak. In addition to telling them to repent of their sins, John has also declared that he is just the opening act. Someone better is coming; the Kingdom of God is at hand. When Jesus comes to the River, John knows that this is the one he has been preparing the people for. This is the Messiah that everyone has been anticipating. Now it is time for John to step back and let the spotlight fall on Jesus. He does not hesitate to do this.


“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God.” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.”


John's disciples looked up to him and John used his influence in their lives to point them to Jesus. He cared about them and wanted what was best for them. Think about the people in your life that you have influence over. How do you use that power? Do you care about them and use your influence to help them? Do you point them to Jesus? Or do you use your power for your own benefit? Do you covet their attention to stroke your own ego?


Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.”


These men understood that John was preparing them to follow someone else. When the time came they were quick to leave him and follow Jesus. There was no hesitation, no looking back. They went up to Jesus and boldly asked where he was staying. Jesus was happy to invite them into his home and did not refuse them. They spend the day with him, getting to know him, just hanging out. How quick are we to leave our comfort zones to follow after Jesus? Do we spend time with him, just “hanging out”, getting to know him and letting him get to know us? I think that they were just enjoying Jesus’ company. It is amazing to me how simple and ordinary this scene is. They are just a couple of guys getting to know each other. I wonder if they had any idea how much their lives were about to change.


“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).


Ah brotherly love. Andrew doesn’t want to keep Jesus all to himself. He has just met the hero of the universe and he wants to share the experience with his brother. The Jews had been looking for the Messiah for centuries. I wonder if Andrew was a little star-struck or excited.


“The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.


Unlike Andrew and John, who had to ask to spend the day with Jesus, or Simon who was brought to Jesus by his brother, Jesus seeks out Philip and demands that he follow him. Philip knows his scripture. He recognizes Jesus from his studies of the Law and the Prophets. His knowledge of the Old Testament helps him identify the truth. He has done his homework and is ready to follow his Messiah as soon as he is called. How well do we know Jesus? Do you think you would recognize him if he came back today? Have you done your homework, or do you know what to expect on his return? Not only does knowing the Bible show us the truth, it also protects us from fraud. How many times have you heard someone predict the end of the world or the return of Christ only to have the day come and go like any other? Many of them claim to get their information from the Bible. If you don’t know what the Bible says, it is easier to be fooled. Philip is happy to follow Jesus, and he also has someone to invite along.


“Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”


All these men came to Jesus in a different way. The first two have been prepared to follow Jesus by John the Baptist. John points out Jesus and off they go. Peter is brought to Jesus by the testimony of his brother, Andrew. Philip is directly sought out and called by Jesus. He recognizes Jesus from his knowledge of scripture and he in turn tells Nathanael. It is a good reminder that everyone comes to Jesus in a different way. Have you met Jesus yet? If so, I would love to hear your story. If you have not met Jesus yet, then I would encourage you to find a bible and read about him in the book of John. Hopefully these hubs will help introduce you to him. You will never meet someone who loves you more than Jesus does.


I hope you enjoyed my hub. Next you can take a peek into Nathaniels thoughts under the fig tree!




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