As we continue in John 1 we know that John the Baptist has baptized Jesus. Verses 32-34 examine John the Baptist's witness concerning Jesus. He is talking to everyone who will listen. Telling everyone that Jesus IS the Son of God. John says that the One who authorizes me to baptize told me to watch for 'the One on whom you see the Spirit rest upon and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' Wow! John was watching and waiting for this extraordinary moment. He tells everyone he sees what God had told him. I love the words he uses in his description in the MSG version. 'That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.' Next we meet John and Andrew, the disciples, for the first time.
John 1:35-36 VOICE
"The day after, John saw Him (that's Jesus) again as he was visiting with two of his disciples (John and Andrew). As Jesus walked by, he announced again: (John the Baptist) Do you see Him? This man is the Lamb of God, God’s sacrifice to cleanse our sins."
John (the disciple) and Andrew are disciples of John the Baptist. They have been walking and working with John, and they have heard him preach. That day John witnessed to them about Jesus and when they see Jesus for themselves they run after Him. The Voice version of the Bible even quotes a time in verses 38-37. It was around four in the afternoon when they saw Jesus for the first time. These guys had been waiting and watching for the Messiah. They are ready when He said 'Come and follow me'. No hesitation. They go with Jesus to where he was staying. Then Andrew does what we all do when we first meet Jesus. He runs home to tell his family about this amazing thing that has happened.
John 1:40-42 MSG
"Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was to find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus. Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”)."
'He immediately led him to Jesus.' Wow! These words jump off the page. That's our vernacular right there. He lead him to the Lord. Andrew witnessed to Peter and lead him to the Lord. Peter. The Peter. The guy we all have come to know so well through the scriptures. How extraordinary is it that we know about Simon Peter, Cephas, the Rock, only because Andrew ran home to tell his brother? All because Andrew lead Peter to the Lord, and Jesus recognized him right away. Just a glance. A glimpse of Peter and He knew him. He knew his father and all his history in that one glance. Yep, He took one look up and knew all about him. From now on your name is Peter, the Rock. Just a quick glance up and He pronounces Peter's destiny. The Rock.
Jesus knows us too. Just like Jesus knew all about Peter in that moment, He knows all about us. Our histories and our future. Jesus knows us from that first glance. That initial glimpse tells Him our whole story and he loves us anyway, and not only that, He loves us right away. Now that's extraordinary and extravagant Love. That is Jesus Love.