The Calling of the First Disciples, John 1:35-51

Andrew was the first disciple Jesus called.
Jesus called Andrew shortly after he was baptized by John the Baptist near Jerusalem.
Jesus also ended up with Simon Peter.
Who is Andrew’s brother?
An unnamed disciple may be John the writer of this Gospel.
Also Philip and Nathanael.

Then they all headed back to Galilee.
Sometime after their arrival, Jesus went to a wedding at Cana in Galilee.

Background Reading:

Jesus’ First Disciples

1:35 The next day, John was standing there again with two of his disciples. 35 As he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 But when Jesus turned around and saw them following, he asked them, “What are you looking for?”

They asked him, “Rabbi,” (which is translated “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 He told them, “Come and see!” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Anointed One!” (which is translated “Messiah”).

42 He led Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him intently and said, “You are Simon, John’s son. You will be called Cephas!” (which is translated “Peter”).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathaniel

43 The next day, Jesus decided to go away to Galilee, where he found Philip and told him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the man about whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

46 Nathaniel asked him, “From Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?”

Philip told him, “Come and see!”

47 Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said about him, “Look, a genuine Israeli, in whom there is no deceit!”

48 Nathaniel asked him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathaniel replied to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus told him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that.” 51 Then he told him, “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, you will see heaven standing open and the angels of God going up and coming down to the Son of Man.”
John 1:35—51


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