Archive for March 21st, 2018

John 1:35-42

John 1:35-42 has the Baptizer continuing to proclaim Jesus as Lord.  John was walking with a couple of his disciples who were observing him. Remember that a disciple is a learner, and often their learning comes by following or sitting at the feet of the disciple maker.  “The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb”. John demonstrates his humility in pointing them to Jesus.  No pride or protecting his following.  He knows well his role is to point everyone to Jesus.

Jesus all of a sudden now has a couple folks following him.  Rather than ignore them or send them away, He engages.  “The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying”? He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.” They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened”. Note that Jesus invited them to be a part of His life. Jesus didn’t life a self centered private life. Jesus taught and discipled others by allowing them to live with Him.

He uses a phrase that is a powerful way to not only disciple others, but to expose them to the power of being a Christ Follower.  His statement was to ‘come and see’.  People respond to experiencing Christ, not merely talking about Him.  They want to see how Jesus has changed our lives and the day to day impact that following Him has on us.  One of these disciples was Andrew, who came to know Jesus before his much more famous brother Peter.  “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”)”.

What does Andrew do after finding the Messiah?  He takes the good news to his brother. “He immediately led him to Jesus. Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”)”.  This is their first meeting face to face, and Jesus immediately sizes him up and gives him a new name.  In giving Simon a new name (Cephas or Peter, meaning A Stone), Jesus tells Andrew’s brother what kind of man he will be transformed into. At the time, and throughout the gospel, Peter may have looked like a “rock” on the outside, but was really anything but a rock on the inside. But before Jesus is done with Peter, he will be a rock of stability for Jesus Christ. Andrew knew he had discovered the cure to the sin problem the world had, and he immediately shared that with Peter and others.  That’s what we need to do with the love of Jesus.  We have the cure, but we don’t share it.  That’s our call!

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