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Peter's Introduction To The Messiah

"The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of Whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, for He was before me.' I myself did not know Him; but for this I came baptizing with water [see also The Origin of Baptism], that He might be revealed to Israel." And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit' [see also Baptism Of Fire]. And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God." (John 1:29-34 RSV)

"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).

Apostle

"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 two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?"

And they said to him, "Rabbi," which means Teacher, "where are you staying?"

He said to them, "Come and see."

They came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour." (John 1:35-39 RSV)

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.

Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas," which means Peter." (John 1:40-42 RSV)

Fact Finder: What responsibility was Peter given?
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