-How people came to know more about Jesus
Jesus was just beginning His ministry and John the Baptist saw Him coming. It is interesting to note that He did not come riding in on a horse or in some flashy way and say, “I am the Son of God! You should worship me! I’m important!”
It is John the Baptist who speaks and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Two of his disciples followed Jesus and he turned to them and asked a simple question, “What do you seek?”
They, in turn ask Him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”
They wanted to know where He was staying but they probably wanted to know more than that. They may have wanted to know all kinds of things about Him but that is all they say.
He answers, “Come and you will see.”
A very simple statement, that usually, when someone says this to you, it peaks your interest and you want to know. In our phraseology today, it would be, “Check it out.” When we check something out, we might research it, read about it, look at it, examine it. Jesus invited them to come find out about Him. He did not make them go, He gave them an invitation and had them curious. They followed Him and stayed with Him all day.
-Role of Andrew and Philip
One of the two who followed and stayed with Jesus that day was Andrew, Peter’s brother-both, who became disciples. Andrew went to Peter and says a simple statement to him, “We have found the Messiah!”
Andrew brought Peter to Jesus and He did not make him become a disciple and did not announce to Peter who He was. He just said, “You are Simon the son of John;you shall be called Cephas.”
Cephas means Peter, which also means rock or stone, and Peter would become a rock in Christ’s kingdom. Jesus made a simple statement again. Peter was probably expecting something much bolder or grander but no, He just changes his name.
1)Andrew was a messenger for Christ. 2)He shared the information with Peter instead of hitting him over the head with it. 3) Andrew created a spark-he created interest in Peter.
The next day, Jesus found Philip and gave a simple statement again, “Follow me.”
Philip went to find Nathaneal and told him that he has found the man that Moses and the prophets wrote about, Jesus of Nazareth. Philip asked, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said, “Come and see.”
Nazareth was a small town that was not known for anything, like your town way out in the boonies, that you would not know was there unless you knew about it. That is why Philip asked the question. He had heard of Nazareth but only knew of it as a small town with nothing of importance in it.
When Jesus saw Philip, He said, “Behold, an Israelite, indeed, in whom is no guile!”
Philip was amazed at this statement and asked, “How do you know me?”
Jesus told him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
Nathanael was convinced that this was the Messiah and said, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”
These two men, Philip and Nathanael were sharing information or asking a question. In the conversations that followed, either a recommendation or an invitation was given. These are two very simple ways we can create a spark in someone, where they want to find out more about Jesus or why we are a Christian.
-Characteristics of the approach
1) It is simple
2) One can do it freely and frequently
3) it is nonthreatening
4) It respects the choice of others
5) It works with the providence of God
Can you think of any kind of recommendations or invitations you can make to someone? Invite to a ballgame to get to know them, invite to church, invite for a Bible study, recommend someone to a person who is having a problem, recommend a Bible verse to help someone, recommend a book of the Bible to study if they have a question, etc. What can you come up with?