Commentary on the Gospel of John Part Four
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The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
— John 1:29 (KJV)
There is a lot to address in this verse. Finally, we note that Jesus the Nazarene and John the Baptizer meet. But, why is Jesus "the Lamb of God"? Is the lamb supposed to represent a sacrificial animal? The Hebrews were known for sacrifice. Some of my fellow children of Abraham continue to sacrifice to this day. We know that the Savior was indeed a great sacrifice, and he sacrificed much for us. Consider the scripture that states "[a]nd if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will" - Leviticus 19:5 (KJV).
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
— John 1:30 (KJV)
John confirms who Jesus is. This is a very important moment. What does "he was before me" mean? Wasn't John also active in premortal existence? Is it stressing the role of Jesus Christ? I honestly am not entirely sure. It may be a reference to Jesus as the Jahovah of the Old Testament.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
— John 1:31 (KJV)
John reminds his audience of his own role in all of this.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
— John 1:32 (KJV)
I would like to write nothing about the Holy Spirit, as it is a sacred piece of our religion. However, I would state that John's testimony is important here.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
— John 1:33 (KJV)
Once again, I will be fairly silent here. Meditate on this verse. This is a fairly long verse, and it deserves our attention. We do again note the importance of Jesus here.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
— John 1:34 (KJV)
This is a short verse. But, it is important as well. Here is a testimony that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of G-d. That is not a small statement. This is a very powerful testament.
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
— John 1:35 (KJV)
We are given some context here. The scene is being set up.
And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
— John 1:36 (KJV)
Once again, we can note that Jesus is called "the Lamb of God". This is the second time that we see this in the Gospel of John. Is this foreshadowing for the sacrifice that Jesus will make?
And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
— John 1:37 (KJV)
Jesus may have had a powerful presence. He gains two followers.
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
— John 1:38 (KJV)
They call him "Rabbi". This is amazing. It meant "Master", and one word for "Master" or "Lord" in Arabic (رب) is almost identical. The Arabic word can be used to mean "G-d". We know and testify that Jesus is the Jahovah of the Old Testament. In today's world, "Rabbi" often refers to a very specific Jewish leader. Words evolve over time.
He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
— John 1:39 (KJV)
This reminds me of a logion from the Gospel of Thomas in logion 86. This logion can be compared to a verse in the Gospel of Luke which reads "[a]nd Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" - Luke 9:58 (KJV).
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
— John 1:40 (KJV)
Thus, we finally get references to Andrew and Simon Peter.
He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
— John 1:41 (KJV)
It is amazing how quickly Andrew's testimony in Jesus grew.
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
— John 1:42 (KJV)
Changing people's names is not uncommon in the Bible. This tradition can be traced to the Old Testament. I have heard that certain Native Americans have had a similar tradition. There can be a lot in the meaning of a name. Names are important. There may have been a time when all names meant something.
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