Jesus Calls the First Disciples

In John 1:35-51, we read the story of Jesus’ first disciples. The day after John the Baptist baptized Jesus, they crossed paths again and John declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Then two of his disciples left to follow Jesus. We know one of them was Andrew, but we are not told who the second was. 

In John 1:35-51, we read the story of Jesus’ first disciples. The day after John the Baptist baptized Jesus, they crossed paths again and John declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Then two of his disciples left to follow Jesus. We know one of them was Andrew, but we are not told who the second was. 

When Jesus invited Andrew and the other disciple to see where he stayed, Andrew went, but he first went and found his brother Simon (Peter). Because Andrew wholeheartedly believed that Jesus was the Messiah he had to take a detour on his way to Jesus’ house to find his brother and bring him along. 

Peter the Rock

“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).”

John 1:41-42

During their first meeting, Jesus identified Simon and then renamed him Peter (meaning rock). Later, in Matthew 16:18, Jesus reaffirms Peter’s identity as the rock and says that on this rock he will build his church. Then at Pentecost (Acts 2) Peter preaches, God moves, and 3,000 people were saved. Peter is a pillar in Christian history and God used him mightily. This should be an encouragement to us all because Peter was pretty rough around the edges and often acted rashly. This knowledge encourages me because it is a reminder that I don’t have to be super polished and put together. God can use me no matter how rough around the edges I am.

After gathering his first three disciples, the next day Jesus calls two more to come and walk with him. They were Philip and Nathanael. 

Jesus calling

The account of Jesus’ first disciples shows us that God calls people to himself in different ways. For some, he uses others to point us to him, such as John the Baptist pointing Andrew and the other disciple towards Jesus. Then for others, he calls directly like he did with Philip and Nathanael. Neither is better than the other because they all lead us to God.

I’d love to hear how God called you (your testimony). If you’re willing to share please do so in the comments!

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