The Gospel of John part 3 John 1:35 to 1:51

John 1:35:  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
John 1:36:  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

I know I am probably making this post too long but let’s look at what John is declaring here.

Isaiah 53:1:  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

John’s report.

Isaiah 53:2:  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Christ did not come as a rock star or as the sexiest man of the year.  This word comeliness here mean he didn’t come with any glamor or splendor.  He was born in a barn.

Isaiah 53:3:  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

John knew he would not be accepted.

Isaiah 53:4:  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5:  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Christ died for us why?  For out transgressions not his.  Don’t you ever forget that.

Isaiah 53:6:  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:7:  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

This is why I brought you here.  Don’t forget this is why Christ did not defend himself at his trial.

Isaiah 53:8:  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Hey it wasn’t supposed to be a secret that he would die for us.  God doesn’t just make up new stuff.  He never changes.  He is our rock that if you build upon you don’t need to worry about cracks in your foundation.

John 1:37:  And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

And naturally of course.  John’s ministry was done and we follow Christ.

John 1:38:  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?
John 1:39:  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.

The tenth hour would make it about 4 p.m. To us this doesn’t seem late, but they didn’t have electric light and cars to zip home in.

John 1:40:  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

Disciple 1 Andrew (manly)

John 1:41:  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

Again don’t forget what did he find? The Anointed One.

John 1:42:  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.

Cephas is Peter.  Now I want you to pay attention.  Peter is the only disciple that Christ named.  And when God is handing out names you had better pay attention.  So why did Christ change his name?  Let’s look at the following verses.

Matthew 16:14:  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Matthew 16:15:  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16:16:  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17:  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:18:  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Make sure you turn a religion out of this.  Christ is our rock.  We don’t go to Peter, just as we didn’t go to Moses we went to God.  If you start praying to other people or things you are so far off the path I pray for your soul.  The first commandment is to Love and Serve God alone.  But that doesn’t change that he did build the church upon Peter.

John 1:43:  The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
John 1:44:  Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Philip (lover of horses) and Bethsaida (house of fish).

John 1:45:  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.

Nathanael (Given of God)

John 1:46:  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Why was Nazareth looked down upon?  Galilee being in the north they spoke differently than the people living in Judea in the south.  We know that their speech was different because of how quickly Peter was picked out from the crowd when he denied Christ.  Think of the differences between speakers from Northern and Southern United States.  Nazareth was in Galilee and was a small town in Galilee so it was like us saying, “Messiah is coming out of that hickville?”

John 1:47:  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

John 1:48:  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.

Now I don’t want to make more out of this than is said, but I want you to be aware that whenever fig’s or trees are mentioned you should perk up.  Why?  fig’s have always been a symbol of something hidden or covered up.  It is most easily seen in Genesis when Adam and Eve coved their nakedness with…what?  Fig leaves.

John 1:49:  Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 1:50:  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.

Just because I saw you under a fig tree you believe?

John 1:51:  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.

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