What Jesus Did! 'They Followed!' — John 1:35-37

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The next day John was there again. John had two of his followers with him. John saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God !" The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus.
— John 1:35-37
Illustration of John 1:35-37 — "Look, the Lamb of God !"

Key Thought

John had already talked about Jesus being the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." This time, however, his message provokes a response in two of his own disciples. They followed Jesus. They shifted their allegiance from the human messenger to the glorious Message. As disciples of Jesus, our goal is to resist preacher or teacher infatuation—our faith shouldn't be built on a preacher, a pastor, a teacher, an evangelist—and remember the goal of their ministry: to get people to follow the Savior. Make sure your faith and hope are tied to Jesus and not to one of his messengers. The glory of any preacher's or teacher's message is Jesus, not that messenger's style or personality. Let's make sure we follow Jesus, for this is the Christian messenger's true glory!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for those who have powerfully influenced my life toward faith. Your messengers that taught me about Jesus, stirred my heart to faith, and called me to righteousness are precious to me. However, dear Father, please guard me from so valuing your messenger that I forget your Message. By the power of your Holy Spirit, nudge me away from human dependency and help me to follow your Son wholeheartedly. In Jesus' name I live and pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The next day John was there again. John had two of his followers with him. John saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God !" The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw the two men following him. Jesus asked, "What do you want?" The two men said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.") Jesus answered, "Come with me and you will see." So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus stayed. They stayed there with Jesus that day. It was about four o'clock. These two men followed Jesus after they heard about Jesus from John. One of these two men was named Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. The first thing Andrew did was to go find his brother, Simon. Andrew said to Simon, "We have found the Messiah." ("Messiah" means "Christ. ") Then Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas." ("Cephas" means "Peter. ") The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "Remember what Moses wrote in the law. Moses wrote about a man that was coming. The prophets wrote about him too. We have found him. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph. He is from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him. Jesus said, "This man coming is truly one of God's people. There is nothing false in him." Nathanael asked, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you when you were under the fig tree. That was before Philip told you about me." Then Nathanael said to Jesus, "Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel (God's people)." Jesus said to Nathanael, "I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. That is why you believe in me. But you will see muchgreater things than that!" Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open. You will see 'angels of God going up and coming down' on the Son of Man. "

John 1:35-51

Related Scripture Readings

When the people saw what Paul did, they shouted in their own Lycaonian language. They said, "The gods have become like men! They have come down to us!" The people began to call Barnabas "Zeus. " They called Paul "Hermes, " because he was the main speaker. The temple of Zeus was near the city. The priest of this temple brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. The priest and the people wanted to give an offering to {worship} Paul and Barnabas. But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, understood what the people were doing, they tore their own clothes. Then they ran in among the people and shouted to them: "Men, why are you doing these things? We are not gods! We have the same feelings as you have! We came to tell you the Good News. We are telling you to turn away from these worthless things. Turn to the true living God. He is the One who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them.

Acts 14:11-15

Is Apollos important? No! Is Paul important? No! We are only servants of God who helped you believe. Each one of us did the work God gave us to do. I planted the seed (teaching) and Apollos watered it. But God is the One who made the seed grow. So the person that plants is not important, and the person that waters is not important. Only God is important, because he is the One who makes things grow. The person that plants and the person that waters have the same purpose. And each person will be rewarded for his own work. We are workers together for God. And you are like a farm that belongs to God. And you are a house that belongs to God.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

We don't tell people about ourselves. But we tell people that Jesus Christ is Lord; and we tell people that we are your servants for Jesus. God once said, "The light will shine out of the darkness!" And this is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts. He gave us light by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ. We have this treasure {from God}. But we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that this great power is from God, not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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