ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 413



1:39–2:8
John
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“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when
they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained
with him the rest of the day.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what
John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon,
and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).
Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon,
Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called
­Cephas” (which means “Peter”).
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to
him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s
hometown.
Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very
person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of
Joseph from Nazareth.”
“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from
Nazareth?”
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a
man of complete integrity.”
“How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found
you.”
Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King
of Israel!”
Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen
you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said,
“I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God
going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited
to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’
mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not
yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial
washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants,
“Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip





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