The King is Manifest to the Disciples (John 1:35-51)

Date: 1/14/2018
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John’s Disciples Receive Jesus (1:35-39). The calling of the disciples begins with a very understated incident. Two of John’s disciples believe John’s word about Jesus and begin to follow Him (literally walking behind him). Jesus then “turned and saw them following” (v38). Jesus asks an open ended question, “What do you seek”? Bultmann observed, “It is the first question which must be addressed to anyone who comes to Jesus, the first thing about which he must be clear” (WBC). The response is coded, “Where are you staying”? The question is classic Johanine code: “stay” is meno or “abide” (E.g, 15:7). Where does Jesus abide? Now that’s a good question. Jesus bids them to see for themselves, “Come and you will see.” The final comment, “it was about the tenth hour” marks the end of this pericope, but it is also a symbolic number and may have the sense of an “hour of fulfillment” (WBC).
 
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Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more