Summary: After someone has tasted and seen that the Lord is good, their most natural response is to want to share Jesus with others.
COME AND SEE #2: I’VE FOUND JESUS
REVIEW THE INTRO TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN:
• The Gospel of John is one of four accounts of the life of Jesus in the New Testament.
• Purpose: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (20:30-31).
• We see this in John’s seven “I am” claims of Jesus, seven miracles, and seven sermons.
REVIEW THE PROLOGUE:
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it… 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5,14).
• After this, we are introduced to John the Baptist who came to be a witness to Jesus.
THE BIG IDEA: After someone has tasted and seen that the Lord is good, their most natural response is to want to share Jesus with others.
QUESTION: How did you become a Christian? How many of you met Jesus at church? How many of you had a friend lead you to the Lord? A co-worker? How many of you Jesus revealed Himself to you? People come to faith in many different ways, as we will see in this story.
1. JOHN THE BAPTIST POINTS OUT JESUS TO HIS DISCIPLES: (John 1:35-40).
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?" 39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
• One of the things we learn about Jesus here is that He is the Lamb of God.
• Like the Passover Lamb in the Old Testament, Jesus’ death on the Cross provides our salvation, forgiveness, adoption into God’s family.
• Here are two disciples – Andrew and most likely John – who start following Jesus.
• They found Jesus through a preacher – just like some people come to faith at church.
• When they asked Jesus where He was staying, they were inviting themselves over for dinner. They were seeking friendship with Him.
• Jesus didn’t make them memorize the Bible or learn all of the right facts about Him before they could follow Him. He just said, “Come and see.”
• Andrew and John’s journey with Jesus began by sharing a meal with Him one night.
• Look at how many Christians there are in the world today, and it all started with John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to two guys!
2. ANDREW TELLS HIS BROTHER PETER ABOUT JESUS:
41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
• Here we learn another one of the titles of Jesus – the Messiah or the Christ.
• What does it mean that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One? “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18).
• Andrew isn’t a famous disciple, but he was the one who brought Peter to Jesus.
• How did Peter become a follower of Jesus? His brother Andrew and one of his co-workers, John, who was in the same fishing business with Peter.
• Andrew just said, “We found Jesus” and took Peter to Jesus too.
• Jesus is here to change people’s lives. Jesus gives Simon a nickname, Peter – the Rock.