‘One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.’
If you would turn back this evening to the Gospel of John and to the first chapter that we read from this evening in John’s Gospel and in chapter 1. Now in these verses we have some of the best words that could ever have fallen from human lips, from the lips of a man or a woman or a young person with regards to the Lord Jesus Christ. The words come in verse 41 of our reading and they are spoken by a man called Andrew. Andrew at that time was a disciple of John the Baptist and he was also the brother of Simon Peter and so in verse 41 of our reading, Andrew first findeth his own brother Simon and saith unto him, we have found the Messiah which is being interpreted the Christ. We have found the Christ – and as I say surely no better words than those could ever fall from human lips.
Andrew as you can see was speaking in the plural, he was speaking on the behalf of somebody else, we have found the Messiah he says and the somebody else that he was speaking about was the one who one day would become the apostle John, the one who would write this Gospel that bears his name under the hand of the Holy Spirit of God and as Andrew speaks to Peter in the way that he does he’s bearing witness to the fact that he and their dear friend John had found the Christ of God, they had found the Messiah, they had found the one whom God had promised to send. And for this evening then all I want us to do for a minute is to trace out the steps that those two men took in finding the Christ, because in reality the steps that they take are the exact same steps that men and women and young people today or in any day are to take in order to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Now it all begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. John was preaching at the banks of the river Jordan and he was baptising men and women in the waters of that river. As we’re told in another one of the Gospel accounts great crowds of people came out from Jerusalem and Judea and all the region round about. They came to hear John the Baptist preaching and on this particular day Andrew and John were among that crowd who had come out for that purpose.
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