John 1: 35-42, Andrew and Peter.
‘’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 they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 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 first day of Jesus’ public ministry, two of John the Baptist’s disciples, Andrew and his brother Simon, followed Jesus. They visited Jesus’ house and spent the day with Him. Jesus changed Peter’s name from Simon, which means sand, to Peter, which means rock. Andrew and Peter were fishermen from Bethsaida in Galilee. Andrew connected Peter to Jesus. Are you connecting people to Jesus? Did you invite anyone to ‘’come and see’’ what the Lord has done for you?
Heavenly Father, help us to imitate Andrew by connecting people to Jesus. Help us to imitate Peter’s rock-solid faith, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 1: 43-51, Philip and Nathaniel.
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.” ‘’Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.’’ Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” ‘’How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “ I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.’’ Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that”. He then added, “ Very truly I tell you, you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
On 2nd day of Jesus’ public ministry, He left Bethabara for Galilee, seventy miles away. Jesus called Philip, the 3rd apostle, from Bethsaida. Philip connected Nathaniel (Bartholomew) of Cana to Jesus, the 4th disciple. Nathaniel was a skeptic. Jesus called Nathaniel an Israelite with no deceit, comparing him to Jacob, an Israelite who was full of deceit. When Jesus said that He had seen Nathaniel under the fig tree, Nathaniel declared his great confession of faith, ”Rabbi, you are the Son of God!”Nathaniel could be meditating on Genesis 28: 10-22 under the fig tree, about Jacob’s dream of the ladder from earth to heaven. Jesus, the Son of Man, Messiah, was Jacob’s ladder, connecting the earth to heaven. John 14; 6, ‘’I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’’
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, was Jacob’s ladder, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.