87 Of course, James made a great contribution by his death. Our text alone supplies us with the story of how Peter got his name. In each case, it reflects God’s sovereignty in that He is going to change the destiny of the one whose name He has changed.74 Simon is far from a “rock” when Jesus first meets him. 72 Because of a variation of the word rendered “first” here in the Greek manuscripts, there is some discussion as to which word was used and how it should be translated. 77 The translator’s note in the NET Bible indicates to us that the text literally reads, “and Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me.’”, 78 There is some scholarly discussion as to whether or not there were two Bethsaida’s. Take My Life And Let It Be Consecrated LORD To Thee | Bummyla, Luke 13. The Marines would like us to say, “He associated Himself with ‘A few good men.’” This is not really the case; although there were a few men, they were not all what we would call good men. We must believe in Him to become His sons and to enter into His kingdom. Now this is how he revealed himself. Women who accompanied Jesus. If being a disciple literally means following one’s master, then one would stay with that master. Andrew was among the inner circle in the time of Jesus and drew people to Christ and introduce other to the master. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. We do know for certain that when (or just before) Philip found Nathanael, he was “under the fig tree” (verse 48). Maybe a factor in their calling was simply mercy. 13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. Jesus Calls His First Disciples (). A common claim made by the prosperity gospellers is that Jesus and his followers were actually quite well off. But first and foremost, they were chosen to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, then to follow Him and be with Him. He is also a man who, regardless of his limitations, brought others to the Savior, as we are about to see for ourselves. 14:16). I think we may be forced to rethink some of our pre-conceived ideas about the twelve disciples of our Lord, and perhaps even the inner three (Peter, James, John). Gen. 32:28).” Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John (Grand Rapids: Wm. But from now on, the issue is not the place, but the person.86 Does Jacob fix his attention on the land upon which the ladder into heaven was placed? 14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. If Philip is a man who seems “out of his depth,” Nathanael appears to be a man of great spiritual depth, greater than the others. Whatever it was, Nathanael was able to recognize the allusion.84, I am inclined to think that Nathanael had been reading and meditating about Jacob, and this text in Genesis in particular, under the fig tree (not unlike the way the Ethiopian eunuch had been reading in Isaiah, just before Philip drew near to him—Acts 8:26-40). Our text teaches us much about the subject of discipleship. That religion was part of the Age of Pisces. It appears in Matthew 4:18–22, Mark 3:16-20 and Luke 5:1–11 on the Sea of Galilee. If there was one thing in which Peter felt he was an expert, it was fishing. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. First, Jesus does not say, “Behold, an Israelite in whom there is no sin.” Nathanael is a sinner, like every other man (except our Lord). Was Jacob, the first Israelite, a schemer, a man full of deceit? Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon (John 1:35-39). 100. 19) And he says to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 7 Philip replied, “Two hundred silver coins worth of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little” (John 6:4-7). Carson seems more convinced: “The most likely suggestion is that Nathanael is the personal name of ‘Bartholomew,’ which is then understood to be an Aramaic patronymic (i.e. 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. Many women minister to Jesus | Bummyla, Luke 9. He fled from Canaan, and especially from Esau on the (partially true) pretext that he was seeking a wife among his relatives in Paddan-aram. Jesus does not ask them, “Whom do you seek?” but “What do you seek?” This is not an unfriendly question, intended to put them off. When the Son of God initiated his ministry, his first act was to travel to the Sea of Galilee and select four fishermen to be his apprentices (Matt. Most of the time the expected Messiah (to use the transliteration of the Hebrew term for “the Anointed One”) is called “the Christ.” This expression occurs 56 times in the New Testament, 17 of which are in John’s Gospel.73 John’s purpose in writing this Gospel is to convince his readers that Jesus of Nazareth is “the Christ”: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31, emphasis mine). Here, there may be a little of both senses implied. react or answer. My sister Ruth lived on the same dorm floor as Jeannette, and they became friends. Lawyers, merchants, politicians, yet he chose fisherman. There is no mention of James by name in John’s Gospel, no mention of the inner three (Peter, James, and John). Most of his life he schemed and manipulated to get ahead at the expense of others. Jesus turned water into wine | Bummyla, Pingback: John 7. No one comes to the Father except through me. Nathanael enthusiastically responds, “You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” As if this were not enough, Jesus goes on. Some races do have certain sinful tendencies (see Titus 1:12-13), and Jesus hints that deceit may be something found too often in Israelites. Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen..... 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Repent or Perish. Thomas, Nathaniel and Philip may have also worked as fishermen, for they were all together and fishing when Jesus appeared to them in John 21:2-8, following his resurrection. Jesus and His brothers. As Nathanael approaches, Jesus speaks of him to others, so that he overhears these words: “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” These words stop Nathanael in his tracks. As fishermen, these guys possessed characteristics every Christian should have. Jesus first moved from Nazareth to the city when he began his public ministry (Matthew 4:13 - 16). Over the years, I have watched many young couples “fall in love” and marry. His naming of Simon is therefore prophetic.75. 6 And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. The "seventy disciples" or "seventy-two disciples" (known in the Eastern Christian traditions as the "Seventy Apostles") were early emissaries of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 10:1–24. Jesus Heals A Centurion’s Servant. He knows our character and our weaknesses and strengths. 20 Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 80 This is probably not the time or place to go into the subject of angels, but let me simply suggest a thought for further consideration. May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! They seemed to think that the richer one was, the more spiritual he must be. Whenever he comes, he will tell us everything” (John 4:25). From my experience in church leadership, there has always been the popular misconception that leadership is dealt out on the basis of spirituality—the higher one gets in Christian leadership, the more spiritual he must be.88. Telling this “would be” disciple of Luke 9 that He had no place to call home was not only true, it was all it took to put this fellow off. Philip portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of all the prophecies pertaining to Messiah, beginning with Moses and concluding with the prophets. This, of course, was true, though it was not necessarily all of what God was trying to convey to Jacob. Me?” But Nathanael accepts our Lord’s words as the truth, and so he responds, “How do You know me?” In other words, “How do you know that I am an Israelite without deceit?”. And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus calls us first to believe in Him as the Son of God, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.