The Next Day
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.John 1:35-37 (KJB)
This was not the first time that John the Baptist had spoken these words, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The previous day it is recorded in John 1:29 that John had preached these words, and the Bible does not record that anything happened. Pastors, have you ever had a sermon like this one from John the Baptist that yielded little or no results?
The next day it is recorded in verse 36 that John the Baptist preached the same sermon, “Behold the Lamb of God!” and this time, the Bible records that there were some visible results. The two disciples who were standing near heard the testimony of John’s preaching and followed Jesus. It’s not the length of the sermon but the contents that are important.
We learn in verse 40 that one of the men that followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, the fisherman. Peter is far better known because there is much more recorded about Peter. Howbeit, there are some specifics about Andrew that are teachable moments for us all. The other man who followed Jesus is not named though some scholars believe this was John the Beloved, where we find these verses recorded. That is speculation because the Bible doesn’t tell us for sure.
What seek ye?
Andrew heard the sermon from John the Baptist and followed Jesus. When Jesus saw the two disciples following Him, the first words He spoke were a question. Jesus says, “What Seek Ye? Jesus was a man, but He was also God, and He knew the intent of the two men who followed Him. Jesus, as was characteristic for Him didn’t wait for the two disiples to speak up, and asks, “What seek ye? Jesus was saying, what can I do for you, or what is it you need? The two disciples then ask Jesus where dwellest thou? We can only assume based on the late hour of the day, being about 4:00 in the afternoon that the two disciples wanted to go to where Jesus was staying so they could have some fellowship with Him.
Come and See
Jesus first asked the two disciples; What seek ye? What is that you want? How can I help you? But He first asked a question, and when they answered Jesus responded with an invitation, “Come and See.” Here we have a great learning moment from the Master. Inviting sinners into our homes to witness to them is profitable. Our homes are one of the best places to win souls. I am not suggesting that you invite strangers in off the streets, but as we will see, those close to us should be our primary goals initially.
Scripture doesn’t tell us where Jesus and the two disciples went or what they spoke about, but one thing is for sure, the two men never got over it. Something happened to them that changed their lives permanently.
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. 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.John 1:39-40 (KJB)
Be Like Andrew
I want everyone to notice what happened to Andrew after spending sending time with Jesus Christ. Andrew never questioned who Jesus was after this day. Notice what the Bible records:
John 1:41 (KJB) He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
First, notice that Andrew instantly becomes a soul winner! Immediately after spending time with Jesus Christ, Andrew goes and finds his brother Peter and declares without any doubt we have found the Messiah! Secondly, Andrew was sure Jesus was the Messiah.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17 (KJB)
Andrew heard the sermon from John the Baptist, followed Jesus, was asked a question, and heard an invitation, believed, and became a soul winner. What a fantastic model, God’s Word, provides for us in just a few words.
When you believe what you hear from the Word of God about Jesus, you, too, will become His follower. When you believe what the Bible says about Him, you will be saved.
John’s message was short, but it was powerful. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, regardless if it is a few words or many. If we preach the word of God, it contains the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.Romans 1:16 (KJB)
Paul defines the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJB) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
There is not much recorded about the Apostle Andrew in scripture, but we do know this. Andrew was the first apostle Jesus called, and the first apostle to claim Jesus was the Messiah. However, his prominence in the lists of disciples and the few glimpses we get of him seem to suggest he was one of the main apostles—even if he wasn’t one of the “pillars of the church”.
Andrew teaches us by example, an important lesson. To believe in Jesus and to go and tell others.
What are you waiting for?
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