John stood with two of his disciples and saw Jesus near by. He looked so normal but John knew the truth. He pointed at Jesus. “Behold the lamb of God!”
The two disciples walked away from John the Baptist and began to follow Jesus.
Jesus turned to them and asked “What do you seek?” He had to know why they were following him but he asked them anyway.
“Rabbi, where are you staying?” asked Andrew.
“Come and see.” replied Jesus. He showed them to where he was staying and they stayed with him for the rest of the day. (My NRSV states that this was at four o’clock in the afternoon.)
“John told us that you are the lamb of God.” said Andrew. His eyes shined with excitement. “Oh, I need to go get my brother.” He ran out the door. In a half hour, he reappeared at the door with his brother, Simon.
Jesus greeted them at the door. “Welcome. Come in.”
Simon said loudly, “My brother tells me that you are the Messiah.”
Jesus smiled. “You are Simon the son of Jona, you shell be called Cephas” (Cephas means Peter)
Simon starred at Jesus in bewilderment. “What do you mean by that?” Jesus didn’t respond. He beckoned Simon to take a seat at the table.
“Ah. I need another plate.” said their host. “I will be right back with a plate for you sir.” He returned to the kitchen. Soon, he reappeared with a plate and brought dinner out to the table.
The three new disciples had trouble sleeping that night. The next morning, Jesus decided that he would go to Galilee. As he prepared to go, he saw Philip working nearby. He walked over and stood nearby him.
“Follow me.” said Jesus.
Philip looked at Jesus. “Huh?” Since he was from the same city as Andrew and Peter, he recognized them. “Are you his disciples?”
Peter said, “Yes, we are.” The others nodded their heads in agreement.
Philip stood looking at Jesus and the others. “I have got to tell my friend.” He ran off.
Andrew chuckled. “Sounds like me.” He looked over at Peter and smiled.
Breathlessly, Philip returned . “Hey, slow down.” hollered Nathanael.
Jesus walked towards the running Nathanael. “Behold, an Israelite in whom is no deceit.”
Nathanael backed away from Jesus. “How do you know me?”
“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” replied Jesus.
He starred at Jesus in silence. Finally, he spoke. “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Jesus replied, “You say this because I saw you under the fig tree. You will see many more amazing things.” The other disciples listened to the exchange between Jesus and Nathanael with shock. “You will see angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Peter asked, “What does that mean?”
“You will understand in time.” reassured Jesus.