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Two followers leave John for Jesus

Calling Of Saint Andrew And Saint John by James Tissot


Two of John the Baptist’s key disciples have chosen to follow Jesus ben Joseph, the new teacher from Nazareth. Identified only as brothers named Andrew and Simon, the two sought and obtained the approval of John before making the change in allegiance. John stated: “My work is almost done, soon we shall all be his disciples.” Andrew reportedly approached Jesus with an offer to be his follower, and was immediately accepted. Simon was enlisted by his brother, and he too was accepted. Jesus made a peculiar statement to Simon, declaring: “Simon, your enthusiasm is commendable, but it is dangerous to the work of the kingdom. I admonish you to become more thoughtful in your speech. I would change your name to Peter.”

The selection of these two came as a bit of a surprise, since two other men, James and John Zebedee, have long been associates of Jesus, and were expected to be the first chosen by Jesus. It is rumored that the Zebedee brothers are off searching in the hills for Jesus, evidently unaware that he has returned from his forty day isolation.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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