35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”
They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Were Andrew’s actions normative of a new follower of Jesus Christ? Andrew, a fisherman, had become a follower of John the Baptist. His heart resonated with the teachings of John and he identified with John’s anticipation of the Christ. When John identified Jesus as the Christ of God Andrew left John and went to follow Jesus. Jesus accepted Andrew who stayed the evening and the night with Jesus learning from Him as the Rabbi, the Teacher he was longing for. Andrew’s heart must have thrilled to be with Jesus! John had been talking about Jesus and now Andrew was with Him, seeing Him, hearing His voice, absorbing His teachings. How wonderful this was.
When Andrew left Jesus he went to his brother Simon. He went to him with one purpose; he couldn’t wait to tell his brother about Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ of God. We don’t know how Simon responded but we do know that he came back with Andrew. Andrew must have been convincing. He must have been thrilled. He must have been determined to drag Simon back with him to meet Jesus.
What else could Andrew have done? He had found the most important Person in all of history! He had met Him, talked with Him, and stayed with Him. Now, he had to tell one of the most important people in his life, his own brother. When we understand who Jesus is and learn at His feet, we cannot help but talk about Him. We want to bring others with us to Jesus.
Sunday night, March 6th, we have an opportunity to bring our friends to Jesus. Pastor Greg Laurie is leading a massive outreach event from the AT&T stadium. While he preaches Christ churches all over the country, including ours, are watching the simulcast. The time is from 5:30-7:30 as there are four music groups performing before the message. We have invitations at the church. Pray with us and bring a friend to meet Jesus.
We missed the snow. The snow missed us. Most of you are very glad for that. I kind of like the snow but am a bit of a rarity. I think Spring is coming early this year.
Pray for one another. A few people in church have asked for prayer for specific issues. Do keep one another held up before the Lord. Pray for a new place for Kim Lavryk. She really needs to find a new place to live.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS