The very next day John was there again with two of his disciples as Jesus was walking right past them. John, gazing upon him, pointed to Jesus and said, “Look! There’s God’s Lamb!”
And as soon as John’s two disciples heard this, they immediately left John and began to follow a short distance behind Jesus.
Then Jesus turned around and saw they were following him and asked, “What do you want?” They responded, “Rabbi (which means, Master Teacher), where are you staying?” Jesus answered, “Come and discover for yourselves.”
So they went with him and saw where he was staying, and since it was late in the afternoon, they spent the rest of the day with Jesus.
One of the two disciples who heard John’s words and began to follow Jesus was a man named Andrew. He went and found his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Anointed One!” (Which is translated, the Christ.) Then Andrew brought Simon to meet him. When Jesus gazed upon Andrew’s brother, he prophesied to him, “You are Simon and your father’s name is John. But from now on you will be called Cephas” (which means, Peter the Rock).
The next day Jesus decided to go to the region of Galilee. There he found Philip and said to him, “Come and follow me.” (Now Philip, Andrew, and Peter were all from the same village of Bethsaida.) Then Philip went to look for his friend, Nathanael, and told him, “We’ve found him! We’ve found the One we’ve been waiting for! It’s Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth, the Anointed One! He’s the One that Moses and the prophets prophesied would come!”
Nathanael sneered, “Nazareth! What good thing could ever come from Nazareth?” Philip answered, “Come and let’s find out!”
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said, “Now here comes a true son of Israel — an honest man with no hidden motive!”
Nathanael was stunned and said, “But you’ve never met me—how do you know anything about me?”
Jesus answered, “Nathanael, right before Philip came to you I saw you sitting under the shade of a fig tree.”
Nathanael blurted out, “Teacher, you are truly the Son of God and the King of Israel!”
Jesus answered, “Do you believe simply because I told you I saw you sitting under a fig tree? You will experience even more impressive things than that! I prophesy to you eternal truth: From now on you will see an open heaven and gaze upon the Son of Mane like a Stairway reaching into the sky with the messengers of God climbing up and down upon him!”