Day 3 – Friday, February 28
Context: The first chapter of John records the first 5 days of Jesus’ public ministry, beginning with the witness of John the Baptist to Jesus as the Messiah in v. 19-28. Here’s how the next four days unfolded:
Day 2 – John the Baptist’s Encounter with Jesus v. 29-34
Day 3 – John the Baptist’s Referral of his disciples to Jesus v. 35-39
Day 4 – Andrew’s Introduction of Peter to Jesus v. 40-42
Day 5 – Jesus Calling of Philip & Nathaniel v.43-51
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) record Jesus’s baptism in greater breadth and record that the Father’s voice was heard from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.’ They also state when John hesitated to baptize Jesus, He replied “Let it be done to fulfill all righteousness.’ Between Days 4 and 5 Jesus left the place where John was baptizing (across the Jordan) and traveled to Bethsaida in Galilee where Philip and Nathanael (Bartholomew) were called by Jesus.
Observations: What does John the Baptist’s referral of his disciples to ‘behold the Lamb of God!’ say about his character? Was he ever jealous they started following Jesus and left him? Both Andrew (who invited Peter) and Philip (who invited Nathaniel) were so changed by their encounter with Jesus they voluntarily sought others to follow him, too. Nazareth was a small, agricultural and rural village in Galilee … why do you think Nathaniel asked if ‘anything good could come from there?’ What is the significance of the Messiah (savior or anointed one) growing up in a place like Nazareth?
Application: What can you do to follow the example of John the Baptist’s humility and boldness? Of Andrew and Philip? Of Jesus?
Prayer: Ask God for today for humility, boldness and God-directed purpose. Ask God that Evergreen fulfills His calling for our church!!