Jesus calls His first Disciples, Apostles Andrew,
John, Simon Peter, Philip and Nathanael
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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.
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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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An ancient mosaic featuring fish dated as early as the third century
A.D. discovered in northern Israel. Two of the mosaics tell the story of
a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the
structure in the memory
"of the God, Jesus Christ."
|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.
Calling Of Peter And Andrew c. 1590
The Calling of the First Apostles,
Domenico Ghirlandaio 1481
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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."
And Andrew brought his brother to meet Jesus. Jesus saw him coming, and without
waiting to hear his name, he said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of
Jonas. But I will give you a new name. You shall be called 'The Rock.'" The word
"rock" in Hebrew, the language of the Jews, was "Cephas," and in Greek, the
language in which the New Testament was written, it is "Petros," or Peter.
|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."
Nathanael lived not many miles from Nazareth, and he did not think that such a
place as Nazareth could have in it one so great as the Christ, whom the Jews
looked for as their king. He said to Philip, rather in scorn, "Can there any
good thing come out of Nazareth?"
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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?"
"Before Philip called you, when you were standing under the fig tree, I saw
you," said Jesus.
At this Nathanael wondered all the more, for he saw that Jesus knew what no man
could know. He said, "Master, thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of
Jesus said to Nathanael, "Do you believe in me because I tell you that I saw you
under the fig-tree? You shall see greater things than these. The time shall come
when you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God going up and coming down
through me, the Son of God."
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."
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