The Character of Jesus 3
Calling His First Disciples
John 1:35 – 51
- Characteristic: Flexibility
- (35 – 39) After a clear announcement by John the Baptist, Andrew and probably John are hesitant to declare their intentions. Jesus took initiative to start a conversation (38) and went along with their evasive answer (39).
- (42) With Peter, Jesus was a bit cryptic but obviously forceful.
- (47 – 51) With Nathanael (most often identified as Bartholomew), Jesus started with a personal miracle.
general, are churches (or their representatives) flexible in their approach?
- The people in this scene were to become apostles, yet Jesus started with each of them very differently.
- How do we know what approach to take?
- Jesus did not invite any of them to synagogue services on Saturday.
1: What do you seek?
- Open-ended question with a multitude of answers, shallow to deep.
- “What are you looking for?”
- Follow up a shallow answer with “Come and see.” This was not an invitation to visit His living quarters, probably a rented room.
- The resulting conversation went on for a few hours, probably not all theological.
2: Make a non-miraculous prediction.
- Nicknames were important in that culture. This was like making the assertion that Simon had a solid character and would do great things in the kingdom of God, even though Simon had no clue about his future.
- Tell people how you see them fitting into the kingdom.
3: Do something miraculous.
- Obviously, we do not have the same abilities as Jesus.
- Can we do impossible stuff?
- How can we challenge people with the miraculous?
- In general, are churches (or their representatives) flexible in their approach?