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I’m just beginning a re-read of the book of John in my daily time with the Lord. I read the first chapter on Monday and parts of it really struck me, almost like I hadn’t read it before. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my thoughts on a few sections! First:
This was John’s [the Baptist] testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”
He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”
“What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?”
“I am not,” he said.
“Are you the Prophet?”
“No,” he answered.
“Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”
He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord — just as Isaiah the prophet said.”
— John 1:19-23
Amazing that John was able to say with such confidence who he was and what his mission was – and, as my sister pointed out when I discussed this with her, insert himself into Biblical prophecy! The only way he could have done this is by the Holy Spirit.
A few verses later:
The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come and you’ll see,” he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him.
— John 1:35-40
I’ve read John before, so I must have known this at one point, but I did not realize that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. How cool! I would love to know more about each of the disciples and their backgrounds. John MacArthur’s book Twelve Ordinary Men is on my TBR list, and I’m really looking forward to it. (Sidenote: It recently occurred to me that this book title must be based on Twelve Angry Men, which is fun.)
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
— John 1:43-45
How amazing to have been waiting and watching for the Messiah to come and then to realize that He has and you’ve found Him! How excited these disciples must have been. May those of us who are believers today be so looking forward to His coming again that we will be as excited to see Him when He returns.