Mark 2:1 - 28
ESV - 1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
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Although the "John" mentioned in Mark 2:18 is not further specifically identified in that verse, the reference is indeed to John the Baptist. Prior to the beginning of Jesus' public ministry with His baptism in the Jordan River by John, there were individuals who had become disciples or followers of John. However, that was not because John had actively recruited them (as Jesus later did with His apostles), but because of their own decision to follow him. (John made clear throughout his ministry that his purpose was to prepare the way for Christ, and that he himself was not the Messiah (John 1:19-23).) Many of John's disciples would have become followers of Jesus after the beginning of His ministry. However, as indicated in passages such as Mark 2:18, some apparently continued to be John's disciples. To my knowledge, the only individual whom the Bible identifies by name as being or having been a disciple of John (prior to becoming one of Jesus' apostles) was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter (John 1:40).
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