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Peter's Introduction To The Messiah
by Wayne Blank
"So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas," which means Peter"
John the Baptist had a popular, well-established ministry, with disciples of his own (see below), before Jesus of Nazareth began to preach (note that there are 3 different men named John in this study - John the Baptist, John the father of Peter, and the apostle John who wrote the Gospel book of John). But John's purpose was to prepare the way for the Christ; the beginning of Jesus' ministry marked the end of John the Baptist's ministry (see John's Last Days).
"The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
The end of John's ministry not only marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry, it marked the time of the calling of those who would become The Lord's twelve apostles. It was through the ministry of John the Baptist that Andrew (who became one of the twelve) found the Christ. Andrew then introduced his brother Peter to Jesus. Notice that Peter was known by 3 names - Simon (an abbreviated form of the Hebrew name Simeon), Peter (a Greek name meaning a piece of rock) and Cephas (from a Greek word which means a stone).
"One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah," which means Christ. He brought him to Jesus.
Fact Finder: What responsibility was Peter given?