The First Disciples

John 1:35-51

35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Pastor’s Notes

Intro: The church was no accident or bump in the road. Because of Israel’s failure to acknowledge Christ as their Messiah God turned to the Gentiles and the Church was born. God in His wisdom knew what was going to happen and why. The planning of the church was always a part of God’s plan for the ages. As a member of the church of the living God we have been given a major role in the building of the church. We are to be the mouth piece for Jesus to bring the lost into the fold. God could have chosen any number of ways to reach the lost, but He chose us and gave us a command: Mark 16:15-16
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
There is no other plan, no other method, no other option; if we do not do it God will raise up someone else to do what God has called us to do.

Romans :14-15
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:”How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Rom 10:17
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ps 107:2
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

T.S. God’s plan in action
I. Called by God
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
1. John was called by God to be the one to introduce Jesus
2. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from his conception
3. He was given the privilege of being the bridge between the law and grace
4. His ministry was to help prepare the way for the church
5. John was not about lifting himself up; it was all about Jesus
6. The Scriptures declared that when the time was right Jesus came
7. Timing is important and God has it all under control.
8. John’s role was put in place by God

II. Convinced by God
The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
1. John pointed Andrew and the other disciple to Jesus
2. They listened to him and believed
3. When you meet Jesus you want to be with him.
4. Next you need to tell someone He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
5. Nothing is said of the other disciple, no name given and no mention of his response.
6. Next he brought his brother to Jesus

III. Convinced by the Scriptures
43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
1. The call of God
2. Jesus found Philip indicating He (Jesus) sought him out
3.The method Jesus used with Philip was the Scriptures
4. While it is not stated it is inferred based upon Philip’s answer to Nathanael
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
5. God will provide whatever is necessary to bring about the response needed.
6. Next Philip brought Nathanael to Jesus.
God is at work laying the foundation, equipping individuals for specific ministry and calling individuals to Himself. We are privileged to be included in the work of building His church and the work of the Holy Spirit which is calling individuals to Christ. The process is clear; we have a call from God, we respond to the call and then go and find someone we can introduce to Jesus.