"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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John 1:35-51 Commentary
by Gilberto Ruiz
Sometimes we see a movie that wows us and we rush to tell others about it.
We want them to go see it for themselves so they may share the experience we had. This is what happens in John 1:35-51.
One disciple after another encounters Jesus and has a transformative experience that leads him to tell others, so they too will “come and see” this man from Galilee and be changed by that experience. In John, the way the community of disciples grows is more like the “sleeper hit” whose box office success results from “word of mouth” than from a well-funded advertising blitz.
While standing with two of his own disciples, John the Baptist sees Jesus walk by and signals him out as “the Lamb of God.” Because of John’s testimony in 1:29-34, the reader knows something about what this entails. But John’s disciples, absent the previous day, do not. So they leave John and “follow” Jesus to find out for themselves who Jesus is.
True to the Fourth Gospel’s penchant for using simple language that works ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 110: John Baptizes
January 05, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for Jan. 5, 2014: John 1:35-51. Accompanying reading: Psalm 66:1-5.