Jesus Calls His First Disciples
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What Came Before:
After this victory over the evil spirit in the desert, Jesus went again from the desert to the place at the river Jordan where he had been baptized. It was near a city sometimes called Bethabara, a word which means "a place of crossing," because it was one of the places where the river Jordan was so shallow that the people could walk across it. The city was called also "Bethany beyond Jordan," so that it would not be mistaken for another Bethany on the Mount of Olives, very near Jerusalem.
There John the Baptist saw Jesus coining toward him, and he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one of whom I spoke, saying, 'There is One coming after me who is greater than I.' This is the Son of God."...
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Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
And again, the next morning, John the Baptist was standing with two young men, his followers. They were fishermen who had come from the Sea of Galilee to hear him. One was named Andrew, and the other John. John the Baptist saw Jesus walking near by, and he said again, "Behold the Lamb of God!"
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|When the two young men heard this they left John and went to speak with Jesus, although they had not known him before. Jesus saw that they were following him, and he said "What is it that you wish from me?" They said to him, "Master, we would like to know where you are staying, so that we can see you and talk with you." Jesus said to them, "Come and see." |
They went with Jesus and saw where he was staying, and stayed and talked with him, and listened to his words all the rest of that day, for it was about ten o'clock in the morning when they
first saw Jesus. And these two young men went away from the meeting with Jesus, believing that Jesus was the Savior and the King of Israel.
The Calling of the First Apostles,
These two, Andrew and John, were the first two men, after John the Baptist, to believe in Jesus. Each of these two men had a brother whom he wished might know Jesus. Andrew's brother was named Simon, and John's brother was named James. These four men were all fishermen together upon the Sea of Galilee. Andrew found his brother first, and he said to him, "We have found the Anointed One, the Christ, who is to be the King of Israel."
|So from that time Simon was called Simon Peter, that is, "Simon the Rock." So now Jesus had three followers, Andrew, John, and Simon Peter. The next day he was going back to Galilee, the part of the land where was his home, he met another man named Philip, who had also come from Galilee. He said to Philip, "Follow me."
And Philip went with Jesus as the fourth of his followers. Philip found a friend, whose name was Nathanael. He came from a place in Galilee, called Cana. Philip said to Nathanael, "We have found the one of whom Moses wrote in the law, and of whom the prophets spoke, the Anointed Christ. It is Jesus of Nazareth."
Philip knew that if Nathanael could only meet Jesus and hear his words he would believe in him, as the others believed. He said to Nathanael, "Come and see him for yourself." And he brought Nathanael to Jesus. As soon as Jesus saw him he said, "Here is an Israelite indeed, a man without evil." Nathanael was surprised at this, and he said to Jesus, "Master, how did you know me?"
Jesus had now five followers. These men and others who walked with him, and listened to his words, were called "disciples", a word which means "learners."