The Gospel of John
"Behold, the Lamb of God" (John 1:35-51)

J. Deering,

Chapter 1:35-42

"The Testimony of John The Baptist"
The next day two of John The Baptistís disciples become the first disciples of Jesus, and the list grows, John 1:35-42

The following day more disciples, John 1:43-51
Andrew and Simon, Philip and Nathanael, and
Jacob's Ladder

The Text

Again the next day John was standing [or after John stood, referencing his physical stading before the Pharasees], and two of his disciples; and he looked upon Jesus as He walked, and says "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

On this next day since John's interview by the Pharasees, we find Him with two of his desciples, Andrew and his brother Peter. "Look! The Lamb of God"


And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.  And Jesus turned,and beheld them following, and says to them, "What do you seek?"  And they said to Him, "Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), were are you staying?"  He says to them, "Come, and you will see."  they came therefore and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

These three verses first tell us of Jesus' speaking. Certainly Jesus was speaking to others around Him, for it was then that they "followed Jesus." It was afternoon and Andrew and Peter stayed with Him.


One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.  He found first his own brother Simon, and says to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which translated 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 translated means Peter).

Now we hear more of the story. Referring to John the Baptist's teachings and listening to Jesus speak, Andrew announces to his brother Simon Peter, "We have found the Messiah."


The next day He purposed to go forth into Galilee, and He finds Philip, and Jesus says to him, "Follow Me."  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.

It's good to know that Jesus is already upon His mission. He purposed to go to Galilee - to find Philip, in Andrew and Peter's hometown.


Philip finds Nathanael, and says to him, "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."  And Nathanael says to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?"  Philip says to him, "Come and see."  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to HIm, and says to him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"  Nathanael says to Him, "How do You know me?"  Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."  Nathanael answered HIm, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel."  Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe?  You shall see greater things than these."  And He says to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Andrew, Peter and Phillip are all Jews from an area that was once part of the wayward northern tribe of Israel [Samaria]. It is very noteworthy to notice that Jesus begins His Gospel ministry in "The land of the Gentiles." Jesus will spend the majority of His ministry among these peoples and in their towns. Now we have Andrew, Peter, Phillip, and Nathanael.


Matthew 23:1-8
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, {2} Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: {3} All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, <that> observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. {4} For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay <them> on men's shoulders; but they <themselves> will not move them with one of their fingers. {5} But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, {6} And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, {7} And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. {8} But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, <even> Christ; and all ye are brethren.

Parallel Studies
Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11

The Timing of the Birth of Messiah
Daniel 9:25; Ezra 4:24; Ezra 6:1-15; Nehemiah 2:1-8; Isaiah 9:6

The Life of Peter Studies
Matthew 16:17-18; John 21:15-17
1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5; Galatians 1:18; 2:9, 11, 14

The Names of the Apostles
Matthew 10:3
John 6:5, 7; 12:21 f

A Study on Moses and the Messiah
Luke 24:25-27

The Baptism of Jesus Christ
Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21
Jacob's Ladder
Genesis 28:10-19