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November 21    Scripture

New Testament: Jesus Begins His Work
"Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel " John 1:49

Behold the Lamb of God John the Baptist was still preparing people at the Jordan River for the coming of the Messiah, yet he had already baptized Jesus and now Jesus walking by ready to begin His mission. John turns to two of his disciples and says something very remarkable, "Behold the Lamb of God." He said this because he knew that Jesus would lay down His life as the Passover Lamb and die for the sins of the world. He told this to his disciples because they must follow Jesus now, John`s work has come to an end. He was baptizing people to prepare them for the coming of the Messiah, and now He was baptized and is walking in their midst. The two disciples leave John to follow Jesus.

Capernaum Jesus journeyed with a group of people including His disciples and His mother, and they arrived at the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum. Jesus stayed there for a short period of time because the Feast of the Passover was about to begin in Jerusalem and Jesus intended to be there.

Jesus Wanted to Go To Galilee This is a very powerful portion of Scripture, especially after studying the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. Jesus desired to go to Galilee in the North, instead of Jerusalem, the holy city, where the Temple was and all the most holy Jews.

Nathaniel Then Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph," and Nathaniel said to him "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathaniel approaching He said, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

Philip The next day they came to Galilee and Jesus found a man named Philip and said to him, "follow Me" and Philip followed Him. Philip was from Bethsaida, which was the home of Andrew and Peter.

Simon Peter Andrew found his brother Simon, and said to him, "we have found the Messiah" and Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of Jonah, you shall be called Cephas, Aramaic for "stone" (Peter in the Greek).

The First Disciples - Andrew and John The Jesus turned around and saw them following him, and he immediately asked them, "what do you seek?" and they answered, "Rabbi, where are you staying?", and Jesus responded, "come and see." they continued to journey with him throughout that day. The Bible mentions the name of one of the two disciples, his name is Andrew, but the others name is not mentioned. Most scholars agree that the other disciple was John, the author of the Gospel of John. There are certain times throughout his writings that he refers to himself as "the other disciple" or "the disciple whom Jesus loved", etc.

The Wedding in Cana Two days later the disciples and Jesus heard that Mary, the mother of Jesus was attending a wedding in Cana and they were also invited so they came. It must have been a fun journey for the disciples and Jesus through the hills of Galilee since there was no main road from the sea of Galilee across to Cana. When they arrived Mary came to Jesus and said that they were out of wine, and Jesus spoke softly to her in certain words that would make her aware that God would be in charge of His life from now on. Jesus then ordered the servants to fill six stone waterpots used for ritual cleansing with water. He suddenly turned the water into wine and told them to bring them to the ruler of the feast. The ruler tasted the wine and then called the bridegroom and said:

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