The next day John was there again with two from his entourage, and when he saw Jesus going by he said, “Look, there’s God in the flesh!”
When the two men he was with heard him say that, they packed up and started following after Jesus. Jesus turned around and looked at them and said, “Can I help you?”
They said, “We’d like to learn from you. Do you mind if we join you?”
“Sure, why not,” Jesus said. “You can see my ‘headquarters’ and then decide if you want to stick around.”
So the two followed him, saw his “headquarters” and hung out with him all day until about four in the afternoon.
One of these two men was named Andrew, and he had a brother named Simon Peter. Right off, Andrew went and found his brother Simon and told him, “We’ve found the One all the prophesies point to, God in human form.” And he brought him back to meet Jesus.
Jesus took one look at him and said, “I know you – you’re Simon son of John. I’m going to call you The Rock” (a.k.a. Peter).
Philip and Nathanael Join Up
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. On the way, he met a man named Philip and asked him to join the group.
Like Andrew and Peter, Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip went looking for his friend Nathanael and told him, “You’ve got to come see who we found – the very person that Moses and the prophets were writing about all these years. His name is Jesus, he’s from Nazareth, his father is a man named Joseph.”
“No way, Nazareth! I’m so sure that God incarnate is going to come out Nazareth.” Nathanael said skeptically.
“Just come and see for yourself,” said Philip.
Jesus saw Nathanael walking up and commented to those nearby, but within Nathanael’s hearing, “Now here comes a dyed-in-the-wool Israelite – as genuine as they get.”
“Who told you that?” Nathanael asked.
“Nobody,” Jesus answered, “I figured it out for myself from watching you under that fig tree earlier today.”
Knowing no one could have seen that, Nathanael blurted out, “Holy… you! You must be the son of God. You’re the rightful king of Israel.”
Jesus said, “Did that impress you – my ability to see what you were doing under that fig tree? That’s a drop in the bucket compared to what’s coming up.” Then he added, “The fact is, you’re going to see the atmosphere part and angels go up and come down to me from outer space.”
[Nathanael’s mind is officially blown!]