Recently I read the Gospel of John repeatedly.
It’s quite characteristic in many points compared to the other three Gospels.
I suggest today, that in this Gospel many people following Jesus by their own will – really physically coming after Him – are illustrated.
It’s in a good contrast to Mathew’s description that Jesus called most of disciples.
Today I gathered such people who went after Jesus, saying “Behold!” “We’ve found Him!” “Come and see!” etc.
The two ahead are Andrew and his brother Simon Peter. Andrew went to his brother and said “We have found the Messiah!”, then brought him to Jesus.
One pushes the other not willing to go – this is Philip and Nathanael. Philip was called by Jesus, but he dropped in to see Nathanael and told him “We have found Him, He’s Jesus of Nazareth!”. Nathanael was skeptical whether anything good could come out of Nazareth. So Philip told him “Come and see!” and took him to Jesus.
The red one in front is a woman, the Samaritan woman. After she spoke with Jesus, she returned to her people and told “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did!” So many Samaritans went to see Him.
The rest three people at the back is John the Baptist and his two disciples. When John saw Jesus walking, he told them “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Then the two went after Jesus.
The gray one, who remains standing is John. He is completing his mission – leading people to Jesus – and fading into the dark.