4 January 2011John 1:35-42
"they followed Jesus" (v. 37)
All four Gospels have accounts of Jesus gathering a group of
disciples. But John's is quite different from the other three
Gospels. For one thing, Jesus' first two recruits are disciples of
John the Baptist who have some inkling that the one to whom John
the Baptist had borne witness has now arrived. The other Gospels
make Simon a main character and his brother, Andrew is somewhat
much in the background. Here, it is Andrew who follows Jesus first
and then tells his brother about him.
When John the Baptist sees Jesus walk by he says 'look, here is the Lamb of God!' (verse 36). As we saw yesterday, John's main role is as a witness to Jesus and here he clearly suggests to his own disciples that someone much more important has now arrived. In effect, he is saying, 'Here is the person you've really been waiting for.' So the disciples leave John and follow Jesus.
There are two important things here. First, John points the way to Jesus. Second, the disciples go after Jesus to find out for themselves who he is and what they make of him. They have seen there is something special about him, and they want to know more.
Have you ever been able to point someone else towards Jesus? What happened? What did you discover about yourself and your faith in doing this?