“The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.” John 1:35-37
The disciples were only ordinary men. Most of them were follower of John the Baptist. I am sure that John the Baptist had talked to his disciples about the Lamb of God that was to come and take away the sins of the world. So it was natural for John the Baptist’s disciples to follow Jesus. There was no introduction; they just knew they were to follow Jesus. Jesus was enormously controversial. Jesus never promised them anything. He even told them that He had no place to live. Why in the world would anyone want to follow Jesus? It was by the drawing of the Holy Spirit that these disciples knew this was the man that they should follow. Interesting that Jesus never called any of the church leaders of His day. He picked men that had nothing; not even an education. In regard to the church, they were all outsiders. God chose these men. He knew all about them and these were the men that He wanted to turn the world upside down. What has happened to the church today? We don’t want anyone leading our church unless they have a doctor’s degree? What has happened to praying and letting God appoint the right pastor?
“Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons.” (Mark 3:13-16)
In the following devotions, we will look at these first five disciples and see what type of men would follow Jesus.