(29-34) Behold, the Lamb of God
No one can know the Father except He is revealed by the Son, but in this instance, the Son was revealed by the Father. John the Baptist said that he did not know the Son, but the One who sent him (God) told him, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” When John saw Jesus walking by, he recognized Him as the Son of God and could confidently declare, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
(35-42) Jesus Calls the First Disciples
When Jesus saw two of John’s disciples following Him, He asked them, “What are you seeking?” This is an important question for all who claim to be followers of Jesus. Some follow Jesus seeking fame or prosperity. Others follow Jesus seeking healing or security, peace or joy, fulfillment or contentment. Nothing is wrong with wanting these latter six options, and Christ does promise to satisfy our spiritual internal needs. But our main reason for following Jesus should be to seek Him and Him alone.
(43-51) Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
After Andrew followed Jesus, he immediately found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” He then brought his brother to Jesus. After Philip was called to follow Jesus, he immediately found Nathanael and told him, “We have found him…Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” He then told Nathanael to “come and see” Jesus. The influence that Christ had on Andrew and Philip in the short amount of time that they knew Him, turned them from mere followers into powerful witnesses. Encountering Christ gave them a heavenly purpose to live for and radically transformed their lives. They wanted their family and friends to experience this same transformation too.
After we have followed Christ, we must bring others to Him and invite those we know to “come and see” and experience His life-changing grace.
Favorite verse: (29) The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!