The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
…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.”
… 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).”
– John 1: 29-31,35-39a, 40-41
When we hear about something good, we tell everyone. We don’t keep good news to ourselves. We share it.
Gossip is something most of us like to share. There are not many things that move faster than gossip. If the good news of the gospel were to move as fast as gossip, it probably would have gone to the four corners of the earth already.
The text tells us that John was standing about with two of his disciples when he observed Jesus. “Look the Lamb of God,” he said. Yes, this is the Messiah, God’s Messiah.
Immediately, the two disciples of John left and followed Jesus. Once Jesus appeared on the scene, John’s mission was finished. His work was complete.
The two disciples went and spent the day with Jesus. One of the disciples, who were the first of Jesus’ disciples, was Andrew. Upon having experienced Jesus’ teachings, Andrew went out and found his brother, Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.”
He first searched out his family so that he could also meet the teacher, the Messiah. He took Simon, to meet Jesus.
Even to this day, whenever something good is being distributed, our first inclination is to see that our family members are among the first to receive. Most of us love our family; consequently, we take care of them first.
The message of Jesus is to tell the world about God’s grace and mercy for all mankind. We are called to share this message with all, especially those who are close to us, those we love, our family members.
We are called to go into the entire world and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Mind you, not all of us may be able to go throughout the world telling about Jesus, but we can do our part by supporting the ministry so that this news can get to all people.
Those first disciples were full of zeal. They wanted to share that good news which they had heard. What about you? Do you feel the excitement about the gospel?
What joy and love Andrew displayed in taking his brother to the fountain head, the Christ. He wanted him to meet the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Like the faithful Andrew, let us go forth and tell this good news. We are God’s mouthpiece to our family, and to the world. This is not something that we may consider to be a good idea. No, it is what we are called to do. This is our mission, to share this good news with the world.
Yes, this is our commission from Jesus, to “go and make disciples”. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.