What does John 1:43 mean?
ESV: The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
NIV: The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, 'Follow me.'
NASB: The next day He decided to go to Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, 'Follow Me.'
CSB: The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, "Follow me."
NLT: The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, 'Come, follow me.'
KJV: The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
Verse Commentary:
Philip, like Andrew, has a Greek name, rather than a Hebrew one. This shows the extent that Greek culture had affected Israel by this time. At least seven of the twelve disciples were fishermen (John 21:2). This says a lot about how God uses people to accomplish His will. Fishermen, by necessity, were hard-working, practical, and durable men. They were not necessarily ignorant, but advanced education wasn't a requirement for them to do their jobs well. Rather than recruiting the rich, or scholars, or warriors, Jesus went out and found workers. Serving God is first and foremost about willingness, not great talent or ability. Knowledge, wisdom, and experience are very important, but none of them are worth anything without a willing and submissive heart. Verse 43 presents the conversation between Jesus and Philip very briefly. Still, it was probably more involved than Jesus simply walking up to Philip and saying, "Follow me," without any other words. Galilee is a region west of the Sea of Galilee, and was probably where Jesus spent the majority of His youth.
Verse Context:
John 1:43–51 shows Jesus recruiting Philip and Nathanael. Philip seems eager to follow Jesus. Nathanael is skeptical, especially because Jesus is from a back-water town like Nazareth. When Jesus demonstrates His supernatural wisdom, Nathanael proclaims Him as the “Son of God” and “The King of Israel.” Jesus responds by predicting even more spectacular signs, and refers to Himself using the term “Son of Man,” an important figure in Jewish prophecy.
Chapter Summary:
The first chapter of John introduces Jesus as “the Word,” from the Greek Logos. This chapter clearly describes Jesus as identical to God. After this prologue, the chapter describes Jesus recruiting the first of His disciples, as well as a conversation between John the Baptist and the Pharisees. There are seven names for Christ in this chapter, including “The Son of God,” “The Word,” and “The King of Israel.”
Chapter Context:
The first chapter of the gospel of John equates Christ with God, and introduces John the Baptist. The Baptist specifically points to Jesus as the Promised One. Jesus collects the first five of His disciples. In this chapter, Jesus is given seven descriptive names, including “The Word,” “The Son of God,” and “The King of Israel.” This chapter sets the stage for the rest of the gospel, by giving the reader a sense of who Jesus truly is, and why He has come. The rest of the gospel is an exploration of the claims made in this initial passage.
Book Summary:
The gospel of John was written by the disciple John, decades later than the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The author assumes that a reader is already familiar with the content of these other works. So, John presents a different perspective, with a greater emphasis on meaning. John uses seven miracles—which he calls “signs”—in order to prove that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate. Some of the most well-known verses in all of the Bible are found here. None is more famous than the one-sentence summary of the gospel found in John 3:16.
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