When it comes to the story of Jesus and his disciples, many people wonder about the origins of this relationship. Specifically, who introduced Jesus to the first two disciples? The answer to this question is an important one, as it sheds light on the early days of Jesus’ ministry and how he began to gather followers.
According to the Gospel of John, it was actually John the Baptist who introduced Jesus to his first disciples. John had been preaching and baptizing in the Jordan River when Jesus came to him to be baptized. After Jesus emerged from the water, John saw the Spirit descending upon him like a dove and heard a voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17).
John recognized that Jesus was someone special and he told his own disciples about him. In John 1:35-37, we read:
“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.”
These two disciples were Andrew and another man who is not named in the text. Andrew was actually one of John’s own disciples before he became a follower of Jesus. He went on to become one of Jesus’ closest companions and played an important role in spreading his message.
After Andrew and the other disciple began following Jesus, they asked him where he was staying. According to John 1:38-39:
“‘Come,’ [Jesus] replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.”
This encounter marked a turning point for Andrew and his companion. They recognized that Jesus was not just a teacher or prophet but something more significant – perhaps even the Messiah they had been waiting for. Andrew went to find his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41).
Simon, of course, would go on to become one of Jesus’ most famous disciples – Peter. He was a fisherman by trade and had a colorful personality that endeared him to Jesus despite his many flaws. With Andrew’s help, Simon became a believer and joined Jesus’ inner circle.
In conclusion, it was John the Baptist who introduced Jesus to his first two disciples – Andrew and another unnamed man. These men followed Jesus and spent time with him, eventually recognizing him as the Messiah.
Andrew then went on to bring his brother Simon into the fold, and together they became some of Jesus’ most loyal followers. This story shows how important personal relationships were in spreading the message of Jesus and building his early church.