Summary: 1 of 5. John recalled the manner by which Jesus’ disciples first became convinced that He was Messiah. Some will become Jesus' disciples. But What draws/attracts those disciples? Disciples are drawn to Jesus thru their…
DRAWN TO JESUS—I—John 1:35-51
Thirst—draws us to—water
Hunger—draws us to—food
Darkness—draws us to—light
John recalled the manner by which Jesus’ disciples first became convinced that He was Messiah.
Some will be drawn to follow Jesus as Messiah/Christ.
What draws/attracts disciples to Jesus Christ?
Why are disciples drawn/attracted to Jesus Christ?
Jn. 6:41-45—“The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father & mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus therefore answered & said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; & I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard & learned from the Father comes to Me.”
8 elements of a disciple’s draw/attraction to Christ Jesus.
1—Disciples are drawn to Jesus thru their…
:35—“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.”
The events of :35-43 also occurred the day following Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist(JTB).
These events occur the day after John had informed the people of the identity of the Lamb of God(:29).
John was “standing” with 2 of his disciples(followers of John The Baptist).
JTB had disciples.
“Again”—palin—Adverb—1) Anew, again—1a) Renewal or repetition of the action, 1b) Again, anew; 2) Again, i.e. further, moreover; 3) In turn, on the other hand. Strong—probably from the same as 3823 (through the idea of oscillatory repetition); adverbially—Anew, i.e. (of place) Back, of time—Once more, or conjunctionally—Furthermore or on the other hand.
“Next Day”(See :43—“Following day”)—epaurion—Adverb—1) On the morrow, the next day. Strong—Occurring on the succeeding day, i.e. (hmera[day] being implied) To-morrow.
“Stood/Was Standing”—isthmi—1) To cause or make to stand, to place, put, set—1a) To bid to stand by, [set up], 1b) To make firm, fix establish, 1c) To set or place in a balance; 2) To stand—2a) To stand by or near, 2b) To stand. Strong—a prolonged form of a primary staw(of the same meaning, & used for it in certain tenses); To stand(transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively).
“Disciples”(See :37)—mayhthv—1) A learner, pupil, disciple.
:36—“And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” ”
John saw Jesus as He was walking.
John proclaimed, in the presence of at least 2 of his disciples, that Jesus was the singular “Lamb of God.”
What of John’s other disciples? Why did they not take JTB’s statement(s)(:27-34) to heart/seriously? It ‘appears’ that JTB declared Jesus’ identity to these disciples specifically(privately—ECNT) as opposed to others. If so, Why?…He must have seen something in them which caused him to single them out for such a reiteration.
After Jesus was baptized, He evidently remained in the area where John was baptizing.
“Looked upon”—emblepw—1) To turn one's eyes on; 2) Look at; 3) metaph.—To look at with the mind, to consider. Strong—To look on, i.e. relatively—To observe fixedly, or absolutely—To discern clearly.
From—en—a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), & (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. A relation of rest (intermediate between eiv & ek); “In,” at, (up-)on, by, etc.—&—blepw—a primary verb; To look at (literally or figuratively).
“Walked”—peripatew—1) To walk—1a) To make one's way, progress; to make due use of opportunities, 1b) Hebrew for, to live—1b1) To regulate one's life, 1b2) To conduct one's self, 1b3) To pass one's life. Strong—To tread all around, i.e. Walk at large(especially as proof of ability); figuratively—To live, deport oneself, follow(as a companion or votary).
“Said”(See :38)—legw—1) To say, to speak—1a) Affirm over, maintain, 1b) To teach, 1c) To exhort, advise, to command, direct, 1d) To point out with words, intend, mean, mean to say, 1e) To call by name, to call, name, 1f) To speak out, speak of, mention. Strong—a primary verb; properly—To "lay" forth, i.e. figuratively—Relate(in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas epw & fhmi generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while rew is properly, to break silence merely, & lalew means an extended or random harangue]); by implication—To mean.
“Behold”—ide—Particle—1) Behold, see. Strong—second person singular imperative active of eidw[to see]; used as an interjection to denote surprise; Lo!.
“Lamb”—amnov—1) A lamb. Strong—apparently a primary word; A lamb. Used 4X.
**Lk. 1:13-17—[of JTB’s heralding ministry]“But the angel said to him[Zacharias], “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; & your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, & you shall call his name John. And you will have joy & gladness, & many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, & shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit & power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ & the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. [Mal. 4:5-6]” ”