Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Brother to Be Emulated - John 1:40-42

"One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him,
was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
He found first his own brother Simon,
and said to him,
'We have found the Messiah.'
He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him, and said,
'You are Simon the son of John;
you shall be called Peter.'"
(vs 40-42)

Quite a few years ago, I sat under a sermon on this passage and the pastor commented that whenever you see Andrew you see him bringing someone to Jesus. Here is the first example and it is the example of his witness to his own brother, Peter.

Again, this morning, J.C. Ryle has challenged and encouraged my heart. Therefore, I share his words of wisdom with you once more.

"Well would it be for the Church of Christ, if all believers were more like Andrew! Well would it be for souls if all men and women who have been converted themselves, would speak to their friends and relatives on spiritual subjects, and tell them what they have found! How much good might be done! How many might be led to Jesus, who now live and die in unbelief!

"The work of testifying the Gospel of the grace of God ought not to be left to ministers alone. All who have received mercy ought to find a tongue, and to declare what God has done for their souls. All who have been delivered from the power of the devil, ought to 'go home and tell their friends what great things God has done for them' (Mk 5:19). Thousands, humanly speaking, would listen to a word from a friend, who will not listen to a sermon. Every believer ought to be a home missionary - a missionary to his family, childrne, servants, neighbours, and friends. Surely, if we can find nothing to say to others about Jesus, we may well doubt whether we are savingly acquainted with Him ourselves."

Andrew is a brother worthy of our emulation. Only through the grace and mercy of Christ will we be able to do so. Oh, Lord, make me like Andrew - pointing others to behold the Lamb of God who has changed my life!

In His glorious grace,

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