“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”

LESSON THREE

The Presentation of Christ to John’s Disciples

I.   Andrew and John follow Jesus
  
 John 1:35-40
   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.
   
   [A]  The day after Jesus was baptized, John was standing with two of his disciples, where he was, the                 
           bible does not tell us, but I would assume that he was somewhere around the same spot where                 
           he had been baptizing when Jesus came too him to be baptized.
           [1]  Who were the two disciples?
                   [a]   One was Andrew, who was Simon Peter’s brother
                   [b]  The other is not names, but it is usually assumed that it was John the brother
                           of James who became a disciple of Jesus
           [2]  It is believed that these two disciples, John and Andrew were disciples of John, until that day when
                   John showed them the Lamb of God.

   [B]  As they were standing there talking, Jesus walked by, when John seen him, he said, Behold the               
           Lamb of God.        
           [1]  Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God?
           [2]  Why a Lamb?
           [3]  In the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as the Lion of Judah, why not call him the                    
                   Lion of Judah here?

   [C]  When John’s two disciples heard what John said, they left him and started following Jesus
           [1]  Why did they leave John and follow Jesus?
           [2]  Was this a lack of dedication to John?

   [D]   When Jesus seen them following him, he asked them what they sought?
           [1]  They answered him, Rabbi, where are you staying?
                   [a]  Why do you think they asked him this?
                   [b]  Why not ask him who he was?
                   [c]  Why not ask him if they could be his disciples?

   [E]  Jesus told them to come and see, so they followed him to where he was staying.
           [1]   Come and see -
           [2]  This is a statement that we ought to be telling people as well - come and see. Come and  see what is
                   taking place at our church, come and see what good things God is doing, come and see what God
                   will do for you if you follow him.

II.  Andrew Finds Simon Peter
   John 1:40-42
   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 Messiah, 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.
   
   [A]   Andrew, who had gone with Jesus to where he was staying, went to find his brother, Simon then                 
           son of Jona.
           [a]  He was convinced that Jesus was indeed the son of God, and the long awaited Messiah
           [b]  Not only had John the Baptist told them that Jesus was the Son of God, they had gone                         
                   with Jesus and talked to him all afternoon.
   
   [B]  After finding Simon, he took him to Jesus so he could meet him as well
  
   [C]   When Jesus saw him, without even being introduced, he called him by name -
           [a]  What does this tell you about Jesus?
           [b]  Does Jesus know everyone personally?
           [c]  Is there anywhere you can hide from God?
   
   [D]  Simon son of Jona, you shall be called Cephas which be intetpertation means stone.
           [a]  Simon the rock                
                   [1]   The word Cephas (an Aramaic word) means rock
                   [2]   The word Peter (a Greek word) also means rock
           [b]   Jesus already knew the heart of Peter
           [c]   He knew that Peter would someday be the rock that held the early church together.
                   [1]  And he was that rock, he was the leader of the early church and preached to the               
                           multitudes in Jerusalem.
                   [2]  He was not the rock that the church was built upon, that rock was Jesus, but he  was a rock in his
                           actions and in the way he believed and followed the teaching of Christ.

III.  The calling of Phillip and Nathanael
   John 1:43-51
   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.
   
   [A]  Verse forty-three
           [1]   Jesus went into Galilee, and there he seen Philip.
           [2]   He said to Phillip - Follow me
                   [a]   What was it about Jesus that he could walk up to someone and simply say,
                                Follow me and (they did?
                   [b]   What did Phillip know about Jesus at this point?
                   [c]   What would inspire someone to leave whatever they were doing to follow Jes        
                   [d]   Is what Jesus asked Phillip, any different that what we are asked to do today?
                   [e]   Are we not called by Christ to follow him?
                   [f]   What is the difference between our call and the Disciples call?

   [B]  verse forty-four
           [1]   Maybe this verse is the answer to one of the questions I asked you earlier, what did                   
                   Phillip know about Jesus?
           [2]  It is highly likely that Andrew or Peter had told Phillip about Jesus, and convinced him                         
                   that Jesus was the messiah, after all they were from the same town and probably knew                      
                   each other.                        
                   [a]   Can you see how this is going
                   [b]   John and Andrew first started following Jesus
                   [c]   Andrew told Peter about him and took him to meet Jesus
                   [d]   Likely Andrew or Peter told Phillip about Jesus
                   [e]   John would have likely told his brother James about him.
                   [f]  The good news was traveling quickly
           [3]  Question
                   [a]   What is the best way for a church to grow
                   [b]   Who is most successful in telling others about what is happening, the pastor or                          
                           the members? - the members
                   [c]   What is the best witness to witness to others about Jesus? - Your own!        

   [C]  Verse forty-five
           [1]  Phillip, after meeting Jesus, ran off and found Nathanael
           [2]  He was not satisfied to have found the Messiah and not tell his friend.

   [D]   Verse forty-six
           [1]  Nathanael had a little trouble believing that Jesus could be the Messiah
                   [a]  Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
                   [b]  The Messiah was to come out of Bethlehem, that was what the prophets had
                           said                                
                           [1] Unbeknown to Nathanael, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but he was raised in Nazareth.
           [2]   I like what Phillip told Nathanael
                   [a]  What did he say? - Come and see
           [3]   I wonder how much better our witness would be if we were to tell people what Jesus was doing, and
                   what he could do, then simply challenge them to come and see?                
                   [a]  IF you don’t think that Jesus can do these things, come and see!
                   [b]  If you don’t think our church is full of love, come and see!
                   [c]  IF you don’t think people will accept you at our church, come and see!
                   [d]  Of you don’t think following Jesus is rewarding, come and see!
                   [e]  And the list could go on and on!

   [E]  Verse forty-seven
           [1] Jesus saw Nathaneal coming from afar off, and he knew him.
           [2]  He said to Nathanael, behold an Israelite in whom there is no guile
                   [a]  Guile is a slyness and a cunning when dealing with others
                   [b]  What Jesus was saying to Nathanael was, here is an Israelite who is honest in his           
                           dealings, and forthright in everything he does. He is not sneaky, or cunning,                     
                           indeed he is fair and upright in everything he does.

   [F]  Verse forty-eight
            [1]   Nathanael was rather shocked that Jesus seemed to know all about him
                    [a]  He asked Jesus, how do you know me?
           [2]  Jesus told him, while you were sitting under the fig tree, before Phillip came to you, I saw                  
                   you.
                   [a]  Probably Phillip was thinking and trying to remember if he had seen Jesus walk by.
                   [b]  Had Jesus met him before?
                   [c]  Did Jesus know about him because he walked by him?
                   [d]  How did Jesus know Nathanael?

   [G]  Verse forty-nine
           [1]  After Jesus told Nathanael that he had seen him even while he was sitting in the shade of the fig tree,
                   and had related to him that in him there was no guile, what was Nathanael’s response?
                   [a]  You are the son of God!
                   [b]  You are the King of Israel!

   [H]  Verse fifty and fifty-one
           [1]  Then Jesus said, to him if you think that was something, me seeing you under the fig tree, just you
                   wait, you are going to see thing that are much greater then this.
                   [a]  You are going to see the heavens opened
                   [b]  You are going to see angels descending and ascending on the son of man.

IV.  Two statements that we looked at this evening, that I  would like for us to discuss a bit more - Follow  Me and
   Come and See:

   [A]   Follow Me! Who said these words?
           [1]   These are two words that Jesus said numerous times in his ministry, especially when he was calling
                   his Disciples
           [2]   The are commanding words, Follow Me as he used here, and later when he said, Follow   me and I
                   will make you fishers of men.
           [3]   Is Jesus still calling out to men and women today, saying,  “Follow ME?”
           [4]   How does Jesus call us?
           [5]   How does he speak to us, and say follow me?
           [6]   Can a man or woman become a leader in a church, and proclaim to their congregation,                   
                   Follow Me?
           [7]   If this happens, what is the results of it?
           [8]   In whom can we place our trust completely?
           [9]   Is there anything we can follow, or anyone we can follow who can lead us to heaven other than
                   Jesus?
           [10]  Once Jesus has called us to follow him, how are we to follow?
           [11]  What are we to do?
           [12]  What if others laugh at us, or persecute us for following him?
           [13]   What can we expect in return from following after Jesus?

   [B]  Come and See! - Who said these words?
           [1]  Come and see was words that the disciples told others in order to get them to come to                        
                   Jesus!
           [2]  Why did Nathanael go to see Jesus after being asked to Come and See?
           [3]  What do we have in our lives, or in the Church that is so exciting that we would want                         
                   People to Come and See?
           [4]   If we do get people to come and see, what do we have to offer them for coming?
           [5]   What might be things that would keep others from coming to see?
           [6]   What can we do to make them want to come?
           [7]   Does our attitude have anything to do with others wanting to come to church?
           [8]   Does our attitude have anything to do with people coming to know Christ?

   [C] Conclusion
           [1]   How can we be a better witness for Jesus?
           [2]   How can we stir up our excitement and that excitement be shown to others?