KNOW JESUS MORE NOW
We’re examining every single syllable uttered by Jesus in the Gospels. Today’s Topic: First Things First.
Yesterday, we started following Jesus’ first followers. One of them was a guy named Andy. What did he do right after he met Jesus? Here’s what the Bible says:
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter or “Rock”).”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions in light of this simple scene:
- Who exactly is Jesus? Andy answers that question simply: the Messiah. For more than 4,000 years people had been awaiting the promised Christ. The time had finally come. God burst into history as a human being and he was standing right there right in front of Andy. Andy couldn’t wait to tell his brother the astonishingly astoundingly amazingly awesome news.
- What exactly should we do? That’s simple, too: bring others to Jesus. You don’t have to use big fancy Bible words. Andy used only five little ones. You don’t have to be a pastor or a priest. Andy was an unschooled ordinary fisherman. You don’t have to drag ’em to church or force-feed ’em the Bible. Just bring ’em to Jesus. God will take care of the rest.
As C.S. Lewis said:
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.
So, what happens when people come to Jesus? Look at Jesus’ words above again. The answer: they’re radically and eternally transformed. That’s exactly what happens to Pete, as signified by his new name. With Jesus’ help, he morphs from complete nobody to one of the rocks on which the early church was built.
And all because someone loved him enough to bring him to Jesus. Let’s all do the same. Starting now.
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