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The First Followers of Jesus
35The next day John was there again. John had two of his followers with him. 36John
saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God* !" 37The two followers
heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw the two men
following him. Jesus asked, "What do you want?" The two men said, "Rabbi, where
are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.") 39Jesus answered, "Come with me and
you will see." So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus stayed.
They stayed there with Jesus that day. It was about four o'clock. 40These two men
followed Jesus after they heard about Jesus from John. One of these two men was
named Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. 41The first thing Andrew did was
to go find his brother, Simon. Andrew said to Simon, "We have found the Messiah."
("Messiah" means "Christ.* ") 42Then Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked
at Simon and said, "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas."
("Cephas" means "Peter.* ") 43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus
found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 44Philip was from the town of Bethsaida,
the same as Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "Remember what
Moses wrote in the law. Moses wrote about a man that was coming. The prophets* wrote
about him too. We have found him. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph. He is from
Nazareth." 46But Nathanael said to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from
Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward
him. Jesus said, "This man coming is truly one of God's people.* There is nothing
false in him." 48Nathanael asked, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you
when you were under the fig tree. That was before Philip told you about me." 49Then
Nathanael said to Jesus, "Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel
(God's people)." 50Jesus said to Nathanael, "I told you that I saw you under the
fig tree. That is why you believe in me. But you will see much greater things than
that!" 51Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open. You
will see 'angels of God going up and coming down'* on the Son of Man.* "
Lamb of God Name for Jesus. It means that Jesus is like the lambs that were offered
for a sacrifice to God. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God.
Peter The Greek name "Peter," like the Aramaic name "Cephas," means "rock." prophets
People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament.
one of God's people Literally, "an Israelite." 'angels ... coming down' Quote from
Gen. 28:12. Son of Man A name Jesus used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this is the
name for the Messiah, the one God chose to save his people.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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