Pointing People to Jesus
“The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).” (John 1:35-42)
It is interesting to see how people came to know Jesus in the days before he started his full ministry. They did not hear his sermons, or see his miracles, they were introduced by those that already knew him.
Andrew learned of Jesus from John the Immerser, Peter learned of him from Andrew, his brother. In the following verses, Jesus finds Philip (sometimes thought to be the other of the two disciples mentioned here) and he finds and tells Nathaniel. Those who came to know who Jesus was in the early days were led to him by another.
The same holds true today. For the overwhelming majority of people, if they are led to the knowledge of Christ, his church, and his covenant, it is by friends and family members. Occasionally it will be by sheer will and purpose of the individual’s heart, but often it is because someone who knows that person took the time to teach them and point them to Jesus.
Who are you pointing to Jesus?