John identified and testified of Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and that He was going to be revealed to Israel then.
At the announcement of Jesus as the Lamb of God, Andrew and one other disciple of John followed Him. So, Andrew brought His brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus and He gave him a more befitting new name: a rock.
When Jesus called Philip, he, in turn, called Nathaniel and told him that they had found the One written about in the Law and the Prophets. Nathaniel expressed doubt but when Jesus saw him, He called him a guiltless Israelite.
Nathaniel believed in what Jesus said and Jesus promised him greater things simply because he believed.
Jesus is enough for anyone’s atonement. There is no bondage Christ cannot abolish. He has been confirmed as the One that takes away the sin of the world including yours.
One of the greatest ways to really express that you have something is to give it. When we receive Jesus, we need to share Him with others so that He can radiantly change their lives too. He changed Simon’s name for good. He is willing to change us for the best.
Those that believe in the word of God stand a chance of experiencing greater glory. If you can believe, then there’s a lot for you in store.
I believe in the word of God and I live by it in Jesus’ name.
Reading – John 1:29-51
John Testifies About Jesus
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God,who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”[a]
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “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.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 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[b]).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 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.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe[c] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[d] you[e] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[f] the Son of Man.”
- John 1:34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.
- John 1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.
- John 1:50 Or Do you believe … ?
- John 1:51 The Greek is plural.
- John 1:51 The Greek is plural.
- John 1:51 Gen. 28:12