John 1:43-51 More Jews become disciples…

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  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

JESUS, MY LORD, MY GOD, MY ALL

A Word in your ear. 

John 1:43-51 More and more Jews follow Jesus

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

43 The next day, having decided to leave for the Galil (Galilee), Yeshua (Jesus) found Philip and said, “Follow me!” 

44 Philip was from Beit-Tzaidah (Bethsaida), the town where Andrew and Kefa (Peter) lived. 

So as soon as Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist, He recruited Andrew, Peter, and now Philip. They were all from the area of Galilee, where the religious leaders didn’t have the same amount of influence. Walking from Bethsaida to Galilee was just another day in the life of Jesus as the disciples would discover!

45 Philip found Natan’el (Nathanael) and told him, “We’ve found the one that Moshe (Moses) wrote about in the Torah (Law), also the Prophets — it’s Yeshua (Jesus) Ben-Yosef (son of Joseph) from Natzeret! (Nazareth!)” 

Philip picked up immediately how special Jesus was, and became an instant evangelist, bringing Nathaniel along, by saying that the person Moses had prophesied about had arrived. So Moses’ prophecy was common knowledge. Some already saw that Jesus was the One it referred to, and yet Jesus had not yet even shown His hand! In fact, His ministry had not even started formally.

46a Natan’el (Nathanael) answered him, “Natzeret? (Nazareth?). Can anything good come from there?” 

Natnanael questioned Philip… ‘Jesus of NAZARETH?! Can anything good come from there?’ (ie He was asking ‘But there’s no prophecy about anyone coming from  Nazareth, is there?!’) But actually Isaiah 9:1 does allude to God doing something unique in Galilee. It is discreet – by being indirect. What is the purpose of only alluding to it? Well, it’s so we know for sure that Jesus really was the One who all the prophets were referring to. How? Because there are so many pieces of the jigsaw puzzle all fitting together to create the profile of Jesus exactly… (Eg. The prophets record that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem, flee to Egypt, and grow up in Nazareth! There can be no mistaking who all that refers to!) 

46b “Come and see,” Philip said to him. 

Philip couldn’t answer him, so he advised a face to face meeting with Jesus! We could learn so much from that simple answer!

47 Yeshua (Jesus) saw Natan’el (Nathanael) coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true son of Isra’el — nothing false in him!”

48 Natan’el said to him, “How do you know me?” 

Immediately, Nathanael was curious! Jesus already knew him and his heart!

Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 

Jesus knew Nathanael and now he was listening! Jesus could only have known him by revelation. 

49 Natan’el (Nathanael) said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!”

Nathanael recognised the Divine knowledge Jesus had and therefore changed the preconceptions he previously had. We could learn from that too!

50 Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “You believe all this just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that!”

51 Then he said to him, “Yes indeed! I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!” (Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

Summary:- 

Jesus was so pleased that Nathanael’s heart meant he put the truth before his preconceptions, that He promised him, ‘You will see much greater things than that.’ 

People start joining Jesus almost immediately! Now tells Nathanael ‘You will see the angels of heaven coming to Me’, and Jesus quoted from what we now refer to as Genesis 28:12. This is our God, the Servant King!

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Suggest India this month.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ (Updated daily by the Barnabas Fund.) https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  1. Your own situation. (I suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:49 Natan’el (Nathanael) said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!” 

Today’s Challenge

Jews have to withstand a lot of peer pressure to become disciples of Jesus… 

Are we as Gentiles also prepared to go through as much as they do, for the sake of the truth, as Nathanael demonstrated?

For further study …

i). Click this link to a challenging and stunning testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see the shocking number of Christians murdered by the church for getting baptized by immersion as believers. This is a spiritual battle, and we remember them so that we never forget … https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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John 1:29-42 The witnesses to Jesus.

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  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn… 

I will sing the wondrous story…

John 1:29-42 Witnesses to Jesus. 

A Word in your ear. 

29 The next day, Yochanan (John) saw Yeshua (Jesus) coming toward him and said,

“Look! 

God’s lamb! 

The one who is taking away the sin of the world!”

As soon as John the Baptist spotted Jesus he pointed everyone to Him. He even sounds excited that the Person he is pointing people to, is coming to him. As soon as John saw Him, he recognised Him as the Messiah who is to take away the sins of the world. 

 30 “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘After me is coming someone who has come to rank above me, because he existed before me.’ 

John is ecstatic! ‘This is Him! This is Him!’ John knew He pre-existed! He knew that Jesus would ‘increase and that he would decrease’. Compare Luke 1:39-41. Elizabeth felt her unborn baby, John, leaped in her womb when Mary entered her house pregnant with Jesus!

31 I myself did not know who he was, but the reason I came immersing with water was so that he might be made known to Isra’el.” 

John’s excitement is lost in translation. John is a witness, showing people who the Messiah is. 

32 Then Yochanan (John) gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and remaining on him. 

John can confirm that he saw God bear witness that Jesus was His Son. 

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

John says that God is the real witness as it was God who spoke those words, saying so. What is more, He immerses disciples in the Holy Spirit. 

34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John is affirming in the strongest possible way, like an oath, that the Person He was pointing people to, is the Son of God. 

35 The next day, Yochanan (John) was again standing with two of his talmidim (disciples)

36 On seeing Yeshua (Jesus) walking by, he said, “Look! God’s lamb!” 

37 His two talmidim (disciples) heard him speaking, and they followed Yeshua (Jesus). 

Again, John saw Jesus and exclaimed to his own disciples, ‘That Him! God’s Lamb’ Because they were well taught, the disples knew exactly who John meant –  and left John to become disciples of Jesus. 

38 Yeshua (Jesus) turned and saw them following him, and he asked them, “What are you looking for?” 

Jesus didn’t ignore them but gave them a polite challenge. 

They said to him, “Rabbi!” (which means “Teacher!”) “Where are you staying?” 

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and remained with him the rest of the day — it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

Jesus welcomed them to hear more. He accepted that John had directed them to come to Him.

 40 One of the two who had heard Yochanan (John) and had followed Yeshua (Jesus) was Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa (Simon Peter).

And one of those two was Simon Peter’s brother, Andrew, who became one of the twelve disciples. No mention is made of who the other new follower was. (Andrew was Scotland’s choice for their ‘Patron Saint’!)

41 The first thing he did was to find his brother Shim‘on (Simon) and tell him, “We’ve found the Mashiach! (Messiah)” (The word means “one who has been anointed.”) 

Andrew immediately went and fetched his brother Simon Peter to bring him to the Messiah. He was evangelizing already! 

42 He took him to Yeshua (Jesus). Looking at him, Yeshua (Jesus) said, “You are Shim‘on (Simon – meaning ‘reed’) Bar-Yochanan (son of John); you will be known as Kefa (Peter).” (The name means “rock.”)

Summary:- 

Jesus knew him already – which must have made introductions easy!

John had already baptised Jesus, and suddenly he sees Him and shouts out… ‘Look – God’s Lamb’!

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

-The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Suggest Myanmar this month.)

-The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

-Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.

  • Today’s Challenge

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

Peter tells us in Acts 2:38 that the Holy Spirit is for believers who have; 1. repented and 2. been immersed afterward in water. We have to become like children and believe and accept what God says. 3. The Holy Spirit is what Jesus called God’s gift to us. Repenting and believer’s immersion is what we do. Giving us the Holy Spirit is what God does. Can you tick all those boxes? I highly recommend the testimony at the link below.

For more to think about …

i). Click this link to an inspiring testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see who some of those murdered by the church were, for getting baptised as believers in Jesus. It is spiritual warfare and we remember them – lest we forget their stand for Jesus.  https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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John 1:19-28 John is a witness that Jesus is the Messiah.

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Give God Time.

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40.

We start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM, JESUS OUR BLESSED REDEEMER

A Word in your ear.

John 1:19-28 John is a witness that Jesus is the Messiah.

Complete Jewish Bible.

19 Here is Yochanan’s (John’s) testimony: when the Judeans (Judean Jews) sent cohanim (priests) and L’vi’im (Levites) from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 

Even before Jesus started His ministry, the religious leaders were watching John. In fact, they knew the Messiah was expected. They asked John who he thought he was, as he was immersing people. Immediately, John the Baptist denied he was the Messiah. 

21 “Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu? (Elijah?)” 

So they moved on to the next question on their mind… which was almost as significant because a prophecy also said that an Elijah figure would come before the Messiah. 

“No, I am not,” he said. 

Again John denied that too. He hadn’t even been thinking that way. 

“Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” 

“No!” he replied. 

Again John denied it. He didn’t think of himself like that. Jesus did rate him as the prophet who would precede Him and point people to Him.

This question proves the point that they were expecting a much-prophecied prophet to come to them!

22 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 

Frustrated from getting nowhere, they asked him to say exactly who he was then, as their religious bosses wanted an answer.

23 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) the prophet;

“I am the voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’”

The quote is found in Isaiah 40:3. That was quite clever as the spies could not denounce him for quoting a prophet. 

24 Some of those who had been sent were P’rushim (Pharisees) 25 They asked him, “If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor ‘the prophet,’ then why are you immersing people?” 

John wants us to know that it was the Pharisees who were the spies. 

Again they come back at him asking who he thinks he is…

26 To them Yochanan (John) replied, “I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing someone whom you don’t know. 

John the Baptist minimized himself as a baptizer – which was a symbol of repentance. 

27 He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!” 

28 All this took place in Beit-Anyah (Bethany), east of the Yarden (Jordan), where Yochanan (John) was immersing (baptizing).  (Complete Jewish Bible.)

Summary:- 

John the Baptist emphasized how lowly he was. It was not about him – but all about the One coming after him. 

John the Baptist quotes Isaiah to prove God was sending His Messiah. John says he is preparing the way for the Messiah of God.

 –  Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

forever; Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world, (ie. maybe Myanmar…& for ‘those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)
  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 1:26-27 ‘To them, Yochanan (John) replied, “… among you is standing someone whom you don’t know. He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!”

  • Today’s Challenge

If you have repented of your sin, have you followed the example set by John, of being immersed in water?

John 1:26 To them Yochanan (John) replied, “I am immersing people in water…” 

For more…

i). Click this link to a challenging and stunning testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see how many were murdered by the church for getting immersed as believers, because this is a spiritual battle… ‘We will remember them’… https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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John 1:14-18 The Word lived among us…

John 1:14-18 The Word lived among us…

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

O Lord my God…

  • A Word in your ear. 

John 1:14-18 The Word lived among us…

14 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah (glory), the Sh’khinah (glory) of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. 

The Word (literally ‘Logos’ meaning ‘The Reason Why’) is why we exist, simply because He created all that is, and He chose to join His creation on earth as a human. St John speaks as a witness when he says ‘we saw His glory,’ because he witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. 

15 Yochanan (John) witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’” 

John the Baptist witnessed that Jesus existed. He saw God identify Jesus when he baptised Jesus. 

16 We have all received from his fullness, yes, grace upon grace. 

It is Jesus who gives us the ‘favour we don’t deserve…freely’. We received from His unlimited generosity. 

17 For the Torah (Law) was given through Moshe (Moses); grace and truth came through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ).

The Law came through Moses, but His favour we don’t deserve was given to us as a gift by Jesus, who brought to us the truth that He was the Christ. (ie ‘I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. No-one comes to the Father but by Me.’). 

18 No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known. 

(Complete Jewish Bible).

Summary:- 

Exodus 33:20 tells us that no man can see the face of God and live. However, Jesus has! He lives with God, and by being with His Father, He has been at His side. He is the one with God, and has made His Father known to us. 

The reason why John 8:16-18 tells us about the witnesses Jesus has had, is because the religious leaders challenged Jesus about having no witnesses to support His statements, which the law required. So already St John the Apostle has provided himself and John the Baptist, as witnesses and they both saw God the Father and the Holy Spirit endorse Jesus at His immersion by John the Baptist.

  • Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

forever; Amen.

Other helpful prayer suggestions;-

-The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)

-The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

-Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:15 Yochanan (John) witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’” 

  • Today’s Challenge… ‘John the Immerser’ lived to point people to Jesus. Do you? 

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John 1:6-13 John’s 1st witness about who Jesus is

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

ROCK OF AGES

  • A Word in your ear. 

John 1:6-13; John’s first witness about who Jesus is…

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan (John). 

Being sent by God meant that John (the Baptist), was a messenger.

7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him.

John came with the seal of God to be the witness to the Light and about who the Light was. The Light was a Person – and it was God. All were called to be faithful to Him. 

8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light. 

John was not the Light but a witness about who He was. Jesus told His disciples that John was an ‘Elijah’ figure to point people to the actual Person that we must put our trust in. John calls this Person, the ‘Light’. 

9 This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world. 

The ‘Light’ is the only source of light for those entering the world. 

10 He was in the world — the world came to be through him — yet the world did not know him. 

The Light is a Person. He created the world, which didn’t know who He was when He came. 

11 He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him. 

When He came, He chose to come to those who He called His own, but they rejected Him, (and even killed Him.)

12 But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, 

Although most rejected Him, there were some who did put their trust in Him, and so to them, they were brought into His family. That is how people could join. 

13 not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God. (Complete Jewish Bible.)

Summary:- 

John the Baptist is the witness who testifies who Jesus is. He heard God the Father confirm Jesus and saw the Holy Spirit come in the form of a Dove on Jesus at the same time. 

And all that was not because of ancestry, – but simply because God allowed any and all to join who put their trust in Him. God’s family is a spiritual one due to God’s grace. 

  • Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

forever; Amen.

Other helpful suggestions for prayer;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’

https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

  1. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

  • Verse for the day. 

Who is Jesus? John 1:9 ‘This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world’. 

  • A challenge to think about… John 1:12.

“But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God…”

Have you ever put your trust in the person who is the reason why we exist, and been given the right to become a child of God? 

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