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Summary: Based on the Word of God no one can come to God except through Jesus (John 14:6) and no one can come to Jesus unless God draws them to Jesus (John 6:44). God does not operate within limitations and instead uses variety in drawing people to Jesus.

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Coming to Christ

The Life of Christ Series

By Greg Johnson

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org/greg_johnson_blog

February 25, 2007

John 1:35-51

The only way to God is through Jesus. There is no other way. Jesus said (John 14:6 NIV) "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

It is important to understand that God takes the initiative in drawing people to Jesus. Jesus said (John 6:44 NIV) "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day."

Based on the Word of God no one can come to God except through Jesus (John 14:6) and no one can come to Jesus unless God draws them to Jesus (John 6:44). God does not operate within limitations and instead uses variety in drawing people to Jesus.

COMING TO CHRIST THROUGH A PREACHER

God used a preacher to draw the first two followers of Jesus. God’s Word says (John 1:35-39 NIV) "The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. {36} When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" {37} When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. {38} Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" {39} "Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour."

The day before, preacher John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Now the faithful preacher John is preaching the same sermon as he proclaims “Look, the Lamb of God!” Preachers called of God will always point all those that listen to Jesus Christ. They will stay away from flesh gratifying messages centered on positive thinking, self help and prosperity. Their messages will always be centered on Jesus and the cross of Christ because Jesus is the only way to God. God will use their message to draw people to Jesus just as He used John the Baptist’s message to draw these two to Jesus.

COMING TO CHRIST THROUGH FAMILY

God used family to draw the third follower of Christ. God’s Word says (John 1:40-42 NIV) "Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. {41} The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). {42} 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)."

Andrew was drawn to Jesus and the first thing he did was lead his brother to Jesus. As you follow Jesus, God will use your walk to draw those in your family to Jesus. You will be able to lovingly introduce them to Jesus and He will do the rest. Jesus will give them a new name that is written down in glory as they too follow Him.

COMING TO CHRIST THROUGH ANSWERING HIS CALL

The fourth follower of Christ came to Jesus through answering His call. God’s Word says (John 1:43 NIV) "The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me.""


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