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The next day, John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 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) – John 1:35-42

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ur world has been transformed through the electronic media. We communicate easier and more rapidly than we did in years past. Years ago, we used the land-based telephone and the fax machine to communicate and to transfer information.

Today, we have the cell phone and the internet, which allow us to communicate very rapidly from almost any place in the world. Not only are we able to communicate via the phone, but we are also able to communicate through video conferencing. This results in information being shared instantaneously, which causes the world to appear smaller.

We don’t keep good news to ourselves. We share it. When we hear about something good, we tell everyone in our circle of people.

It is so difficult to keep good news a secret. We must share it at the first opportunity. When a new baby is born, the news must be shared with the whole family, and friends. We can’t keep it to ourselves.

The good news of the gospel should be shared the same way. Treat it with desperate urgency. Let the people around you and the world know about the sacrificial Lamb of God.

In the text, we are told that John was standing with two of his disciples when he observed Jesus. “Look, the Lamb of God,” he said. Yes, he is the Messiah, God’s redeemer for whom the world has awaited down through the ages.

As Jesus went along, the two disciples followed him. Consequently, he asked, “What do you want?” This is the question which can be put to all of us. What do you want? Do you want to know about God? Do you seek healing? Do you seek political favor? Do you want life made easy or do you want that which Jesus came to bring: humanity, everlasting life?

In response to Jesus’ question, the disciples asked, “Rabbi, (teacher) where are you staying?” By calling him rabbi, they were suggesting that they wanted to learn from him. When we seek Jesus, do we seek a teacher, a ruler, a fixer or the one who redeems? Do we seek eternal life from God the Father?

“Come,” replied Jesus, “and you will see.” When Jesus invited them to follow him, they became his first disciples.

After being invited to visit with Jesus, the new disciples, who spent the day with him, were quite impressed. Consequently, Andrew, one of the two who had followed Jesus, decided that he would immediately go and find his brother, Simon, and share this good news with him. The good news of the gospel is too precious to keep to ourselves.

The good news of the gospel is like a light which is to be placed on a pole. Scripture tells us, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick.” (Matthew 5:15)

Yes, it must be shared, first with those around us, then with the world. Andrew first searched out his family, so that he could also meet the teacher, the Messiah. He loved and cared for his brother enough that in his first effort to evangelize, he searched out his brother and took him to meet the Messiah.

Would it not be nice if we could all be as concerned about our family members as Andrew was about his brother? That is how God’s kingdom here on Earth grows.

Yes, we are called to share this message with all, especially those who are close to us. We should first evangelize those we love, our family members and friends. Amen.

   
• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.  

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