John 1:35-39 (ANIV)
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning round, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible narrative. I have set this scene in the mid morning (about the tenth hour).
The sun (unseen & high on the right) illuminates this scene, casting shadows below & to the left of figures & objects.
Jesus is in the foreground. Behind him is (left to right) Andrew (brother of Simon/Peter) & John (son of Zebedee).
John the Baptist & 3 others are baptising someone in the Jordan river in the background.
By writing “The next day John was there again…” we know that this took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, as in the previous scenes.
The tenth hour (verse 39) might mean 4 p.m. or 10 a.m., depending on whether John’s Gospel counted days from 6 a.m. (as the Synoptic Gospels customarily did) or from midnight, or from noon. The 10 a.m. time seems better and was the official Roman usage.
This scene is set in the same place as the previous scenes: John 01 – John the Baptist – Scene 02 – Bethany beyond the Jordan & John 01 – John the Baptist – Scene 03 – Look, The Lamb of God! However, the viewpoint is from the pathway leading down to the river rather than from across the river (as in those 2 scenes mentioned above).
Two of John’s disciples heard the witness of the Baptist and followed Jesus (verse 37). The word “followed” probably has a double meaning here. They followed Him in the sense of literally walking with him and also by becoming His disciples, that is, they turned their allegiance to Jesus at this time.
“Andrew, one of the two disciples who followed Jesus, was the first proclaimer of Jesus as the Messiah. In Hebrew, “Messiah” means “the anointed One,” which in Greek is translated Christ (ho Christos). The idea of “the anointed One” comes from the Old Testament practice of anointing priests and kings with oil. This was symbolic of the Spirit and pointed to the future One who would come (cf. Isa. 61:1). The title “Messiah” came to be used of the future Davidic King (cf. Matt. 1:1; John 6:15). In bringing his brother Simon Peter to Christ, no man did the church a greater service than Andrew. Andrew appeared two more times in John (6:4-9; 12:20-22); both times he was bringing someone to Jesus. The unnamed disciple is commonly held to be John the son of Zebedee, a brother of James and author of this Gospel. In Mark 1:16-20 two pairs of brothers (Simon and Andrew, James and John) who were fishermen were called by Jesus”.
[Source: Bible Knowledge Commentary]
Here is the scene without the figures in the foreground.
John 01 – Jesus’ first disciples – Scene 01 – A day with Jesus – Background