Summary: A sermon examining two distinct calls from the Savior.
Jesus Is Calling
In the church today, much focus is placed on making "converts'. We love to see people come to Christ. It is a blessing to see someone turn from the old life and surrender to Jesus. But I must report to you that nowhere in the Bible are we told to "win converts". Not once did Jesus ever say "go and make converts".
Many times we see someone profess that they have "accepted Jesus" and we feel that our mission is complete. My friends, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, when someone surrenders to Christ, our mission has just begun! The Great Commission" is found in - Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...
The work is not over when someone is converted. Likewise, it is not over when that individual is baptized. Making disciples requires time, effort and often sacrifice. We must be about the business of making disciples. In order to do this we must be willing to invest time into those individuals and "teach them to observe the commands of the Lord". Salvation and evangelism are subjects that we often seem to make more difficult than they really are. In fact they really aren’t difficult at all! Salvation & Evangelism are as simple as the phrases “Follow me” and “Come and See”
You do not have to be a scholar or theologian to ell people about Jesus. You do not have to know tons of verses or even be familiar with the “Roman Road”. Salvation is as simple as surrendering to Jesus and evangelism is as simple as sharing Jesus. We have several great illustrations of those truths in our selected text for today! I would like to look that these verses and examine the fact that "Jesus Is Calling".
For some of you Jesus Is Calling You To Be A Disciple. For those who are disciples of Christ, He Is Calling You To Make Disciples". Let's begin in verses 37-39 and see that for some of you:
I. Jesus Is Calling You To Be A Disciple - John 1:37 ¶And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour..........v43 ¶The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
There are 2 disciples mentioned in verse 37 who “heard Him speak and followed Him”. In verse 40 one is identified as Andrew. The other is believed by most to be the author of this Gospel - The Apostle John. These men had heard the testimony of John The Baptist - v29"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! - John the Baptist’s statement has pointed his disciples to Jesus. Andrew & John realize that Jesus is the prophesied one … the long awaited Messiah!
These men are captivated with interest and immediately begin to follow Him They spend time with Him and ask Him questions! (Master), where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
This encounter marked the beginning of a new life for these men. They were forever changed after meeting Jesus! They were introduced to Him, they followed Him, they desired to remain with Him and they never left Him! That is the case for the lost soul that comes to saving faith in Jesus Christ! Someone points the way to Jesus, that lost soul surrenders to Jesus, then they begin to follow Jesus, they have a desire to learn more about Jesus and want to remain with Jesus & never leave Him... this, my friend is a changed life!
When you surrender to Jesus your life will never be the same again! I love this conversation. These men asked Jesus “where are you staying?” Jesus simply says “Come & see!” (Just that simple)
Can I tell you, that is an invitation that is open today! Jesus is still saying COME & SEE! Jesus has invited many of you to “Come and See”, and you began to follow Him. If that is the case, there should be a desire to follow Jesus and to ABIDE with Him.
We are told that this encounter happened around the 10th hour. This would be around 4:00 P.M. So these men spent a good bit of time with Jesus. When you accept the invitation to come and see, there will be a desire to abide in the Word of God and time praying to God and you will want to spend time in God’s House.