The disciples of John were a group of Jewish followers of John the Baptist who believed in his teachings about repentance and preparation for the coming of the Messiah. However, when Jesus began his ministry and started gathering followers, some of John’s disciples left him to follow Jesus.
These disciples of John who followed Jesus included Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, and another disciple who is not named. According to the Gospel of John, Andrew was one of two disciples who heard John the Baptist declare Jesus to be the Lamb of God and followed him.
In addition to Andrew, there were other disciples who followed Jesus after hearing about him from John. One such disciple was Philip, who then went on to bring Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) to meet Jesus. Another disciple was James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
The Gospel accounts differ slightly on how many disciples of John actually followed Jesus. Mark’s Gospel only mentions Simon Peter and Andrew as former followers of John.
Matthew’s Gospel adds James and his brother John but doesn’t mention any other names specifically. Luke’s Gospel also mentions these four plus Philip but doesn’t mention Nathanael.
Regardless of how many there were exactly, it is clear that some followers of John chose to follow Jesus instead after hearing about him from their former teacher.
These disciples would go on to play important roles in spreading the message of Jesus after his death and resurrection. Simon Peter became a leader among the apostles and was instrumental in establishing early Christian communities. James was one of the first apostles to be martyred for his faith in Jesus.
In conclusion, the disciples who followed Jesus after being followers of John were a diverse group with different backgrounds and personalities. They played an important role in spreading the message of Christ and laying the foundation for Christianity as we know it today.