05/15/19 We Have Found the Messiah!

READING: 2 Samuel 21-22, John 1:29-51

I’m aware that many preachers have talked about Andrew, the follower of Jesus who apparently often brought people to Jesus. I know several sermons built around the text, “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah!’ (which means ‘Anointed One’), and he brought Simon to Jesus” (John 1:40-42). So, I doubt I’ll say much new in this devotion.

But, perhaps that’s part of the point. John the Baptist directed Andrew to Jesus. Andrew followed the Redeemer, and he made sure to let his brother, Simon Peter, know that he’d met the Messiah. Simon would also follow Jesus; in fact, he’d become the primary leader of the 12 apostles.

Here’s how the process worked, then: one follower directed somebody to Jesus, and that somebody then directed somebody else to Him. That process hasn’t changed centuries later. God still grants us the privilege and responsibility of telling others about Jesus.

History was never the same because a few men in John 1 talked about Jesus. We, too, can be God’s gospel spokespersons to change history.

PRAYER: “Lord, use me to tell others about You.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Samuel 23-24, John 2