Sunday, January 9, 2011

Each One Connecting With Another: John 1

Welcome! Apostle John was called the disciple of who loved Jesus or the disciple whom Jesus loved! He write more about how Jesus met different people and how He connected with them. he begins right from chapter 1, telling us how He met His first disciples.
John 1:35-51, describes so fascinatingly how one by one, the early disciples came to the Master. We have a lot to learn from this passage on how we can connect with people and bring them to the Lord.
Due to the witness of John the Baptist, two of his own disciples show interest in the Lord Jesus and ask His permission to stay with Him, so they can get to know Him more personally and closely. One of them, Scriptures say, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. The other one's name is not mentioned and he was most probably John, the gospel writer. Since he mentioned the exact time when they met the Lord Jesus, 4pm, that day, it appears they considered it to be very important in their life meeting the Master who later transformed their lives for eternity.
Do you know when you met the Savior and what happened? If you truly experienced His life-changing touch, you can not really forget that moment and the day you had met Him.

Then, Andrew goes and brings his own brother Simon and introduces him to the Lord Jesus. The Lord looks at unstable, shaky, sand-like Simon and says what he was going to become, Peter, as firm as a stone! Andrew might have not imagined what this Simon was going to be when he brought him to Jesus. But the gracious Lord always has some plan for each of those who come to Him. Plan to transform and make them useful to God and man. Amen.

As we read John 1:35-51, we see the Lord calling Philip to follow him who in turn brought his friend Nathanael to the Lord. Here, though Nathanael had a prejudiced mind towards those from Nazareth, the Lord, nevertheless, appreciated his sincere character. The Lord always sees good in others and is quick to appreciate even a hint of goodness in those who come to Him.

If you met the Lord personally and experienced His salvation and blessings, you ought to be excited to go and share the good news with others around you. Even before they could receive any teaching or commands from the Lord Jesus to go and preach to others, the early disciples, we saw above, began to witness and bring others to the Lord. That's the power of His Person! No one can remain unimpressed with His presence, even for a few minutes, without being affected in their life.
May you get motivated to go and share the good news about how the Lord saved you and blessd you with others and bring them to the Lord. He wants them and they need Him too.
God bless you.

· Don’t think twice when the thought comes to invite someone to church.

· Don’t think twice when the opportunity comes to introduce someone to Jesus.

· Don’t think twice when you see someone who needs what you have.

· Tell them about Jesus.