14 Disciples of John the Baptizer meet Jesus for the first time.

Genesis 28:12; Isaiah 53:9; John 1:35–51

Where along the Jordan River would John have been baptizing (John 1:35)?

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What had Jesus been doing between the time of his baptism and being seen by John again (John 1:35–37)?

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Why do you think Jesus returned to the area where John was baptizing (John 1:36)?

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Why would John’s disciples choose to follow someone else (John 1:35–37)?

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When Jesus saw two men following him, why did he ask what they wanted (John 1:38)?

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Where might Jesus have been staying (John 1:38–39)?

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After spending the day with Jesus, where do you think the baptizer’s disciples, John and Andrew, spent the night (John 1:39)?

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What is the significance of Andrew finding his brother before John found his brother (John 1:41)?

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How might Jesus have known Peter’s name (John 1:42)?

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What do we know about Peter’s personality that would place importance in Jesus’ insight about him being a “rock” (John 1:42)?

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What would have motivated Philip to follow Jesus (John 1:43)?

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Why did Philip run ahead to find Nathanael (John 1:45)?

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What led Nathanael to think about the Messiah (John 1:45)?

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Why might Philip have connected Isaiah’s promise, an “Israelite in whom is no deceit,” with the Messiah (John 1:45)?

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What about hearing that Jesus was from Nazareth would have made Nathanael skeptical (John 1:45 – 46)?

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Why might Philip have thought seeing Jesus would convince Nathanael (John 1:46)?

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When Jesus said to Nathanael, “Behold, an Israelite in whom is no deceit,” how can we know Jesus was talking about the Messiah and not Nathanael (John 1:47)?

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Some translations interpret pothen meh genosko  (πόθεν με γινώσκεις) as Nathanael saying, “How do you know me?” which suggests an insight that Jesus could not possibly have known. How could Jesus have known Nathanael’s thoughts (John 1:48)?

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What is significant about Jesus saying he had seen Philip under the fig tree (John 1:48)?

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A skeptic is not easily convinced that he is mistaken. Words aren’t enough. What did Jesus do that was so convincing (John 1:49)?

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When and how might Nathanael have seen the angels of God at work with Jesus (John 1:50–51)?

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The next day, John the Baptizer was again at the Jordan River, this time with two of his disciples, John and Andrew. When he looked up and saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God.” So the two disciples decided to follow Jesus.

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John 1:35–37 The next day, John was again at the Jordan River, this time with two of his disciples. When he looked up and saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God.” So the two disciples decided to follow Jesus.
John 1:40 One of the two disciples who heard John and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
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John 1:35–37 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
John 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

Jesus turned and saw them following. “What do you want?”

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John 1:38 Jesus turned and saw them following. “What do you want?” “Rabbi,” they said, meaning Teacher, “where are you staying?”
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John 1:38 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?

“Rabbi,” they said, meaning Teacher, “where are you staying?”

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John 1:38 Jesus turned and saw them following. “What do you want?” “Rabbi,” they said, meaning Teacher, “where are you staying?”
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John 1:38 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?

“Come and see.”

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John 1:39 “Come and see.” It was about ten o’clock in the morning, so they went to where he was staying and spent the day with him.
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John 1:39 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.

It was about ten o’clock in the morning, so they went to where he was staying and spent the day with him.

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John 1:39 “Come and see.” It was about ten o’clock in the morning, so they went to where he was staying and spent the day with him.
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John 1:39 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.

Before John reached his brother James, Andrew reached his own brother Simon and said, “We have found the Messiah, the Anointed One.” Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus.

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John 1:41–42 Before John reached his brother James, Andrew reached his own brother Simon and said, “We have found the Messiah, the Anointed One.” Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. “You are Simon, son of Jonah.” Jesus looked intently at him. “You will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter, meaning Rock.
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John 1:41–42 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 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.

“You are Simon, son of Jonah.” Jesus looked intently at him. “You will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter, meaning Rock.

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John 1:42 Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. “You are Simon, son of Jonah,” Jesus said, looking intently at him. “You will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter, meaning Rock.
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John 1:42 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.

The next day, Jesus left for Galilee. On the way, he met Philip, who, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. “Follow me,” Jesus said.

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John 1:43–44 The next day, Jesus left for Galilee. On the way, he met Philip and said, “Follow me.” Like Andrew and Peter, Philip was from the town of Bethsaida.
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John 1:43–44 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Philip ran ahead and found Nathanael sitting under a fig tree, meditating on who the Messiah would be: Behold, a true Israelite in whom is no deceit

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Isaiah 53:9 Although he had done nothing wrong, he was placed in the grave with the wicked. His tomb was among the wealthy, but in him was no deceit.
John 1:45 Philip ran ahead and found Nathanael sitting under a fig tree, meditating on who the Messiah would be: Behold, a true Israelite in whom is no deceit— Philip interrupted his thoughts. “We’ve found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one described by the prophets—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”)
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Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
John 1:45 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.

Philip interrupted his thoughts. “We’ve found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one described by the prophets—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

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John 1:45 Philip ran ahead and found Nathanael sitting under a fig tree, meditating on who the Messiah would be: Behold, a true Israelite in whom is no deceit— Philip interrupted his thoughts. “We’ve found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one described by the prophets—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
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John 1:45 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.

“Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?”

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John 1:46 “Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Philip said, “Come see for yourself.”
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John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

“Come see for yourself.”

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John 1:46 “Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Philip said, “Come see for yourself.”
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John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

As Nathanael approached, Jesus said, “Behold, a true Israelite in whom is no deceit.”

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John 1:47 As Nathanael approached, Jesus said, “Behold, a true Israelite in whom is no deceit.”
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John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

“How can you know what I was thinking?”

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John 1:48 “How can you know what I was thinking?” Nathanael said. “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree, before Philip called you.”
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John 1:48 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.

“I saw you while you were still under the fig tree, before Philip called you.”

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John 1:48 “How can you know what I was thinking?” Nathanael said. “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree, before Philip called you.”
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John 1:48 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.

“Teacher!” Nathanael said. “You really are the Son of God, the King of Israel.”

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John 1:49 “Teacher!” Nathanael said. “You really are the Son of God, the King of Israel.”
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John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

“Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this. Without a doubt, you will see the skies open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man.”

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Genesis 28:12 As he dreamed, he saw a stairway from Earth to Heaven, and God’s angels were going up and down the stairs.
John 1:50 “Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”
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Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
John 1:50 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.