37 ¶ And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Jesus confirms the reason that the two disciples of John are following Him by asking them who they are looking for. They called Him, Rabbi, which the translation is given as being, Master.
There are two meanings for Master given in the Bible. One is, of course, a person’s overlord, their sovereign in some aspect of their life. The other is as a teacher (compare Malachi 2:12 with 1Chronicles 25:8). A Rabbi is specifically a teacher, who in Jewish tradition would draw to himself disciples who would follow his teachings.
Here, Andrew, Peter’s brother, acknowledges and establishes that they see Jesus as the Jewish Messiah to come, called the Christ. This is fundamental to Christian belief and faith, that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, much looked and hoped for, and that He is the Saviour of the whole world of men and women, and the only Saviour. As Peter, just now introduced, would say later;
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Modern versions, based on corrupt manuscripts and an agenda, change verse 42, as Jesus uses the Aramaic word for a stone, to erase the word, stone, or to make Peter a rock perhaps so that they can follow the Vatican lead by calling him the rock mentioned in the following verse;
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
…when the, “rock,” mentioned in Matthew 16:18 is Peter’s confession, that Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh, that is the foundation rock upon which the church is built, for Jesus is the Rock. Referring to the rock in the wilderness that Moses smote, from which water flowed, Paul said;
1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
1Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
2Samuel 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
Psalm 18:31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Peter himself will later call Christians stones so you can see the contrast between the Rock and stones.
1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Saviour of the world, the great Rabbi, the greatest teacher, and our Master. There is no other for a Bible-believing Christian because Jesus is God.