Follow Jesus

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40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ)…

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”   John 1:40-41, 43-46

It didn’t take long to start multiplying disciples of Jesus.  Andrew told his brother Peter, and Philip found his friend Nathanael. 

That’s how it works in the Kingdom.  News of the Messiah passes from brother to brother and friend to friend. 

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Too often news of the Messiah gets bottled up inside of His followers.  It’s too awkward to talk to your brother about Jesus.  I mean, he has to make his own decisions in life, right?  And it could ruin my relationship with my buddy if I start becoming the “religious guy.”  Isn’t it better to just live out my faith and let him see it?

Instead of multiplying disciples, we multiply excuses.

Perhaps we need to be reminded of just how awesome Jesus truly is.  Fully and completely God, yet so humble that He came to this world to be just like one of us.  Perfect and righteous in every way, yet willing to be treated – and even executed – like a common criminal.  Forgiving and loving always.  Understanding and patient…the list goes on and on.

When Nathanael objected to Philip’s invitation about Jesus by saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip simply said, “Come and see.”

There will always be objections to Jesus.  But in the end, all we can do is say, “Come and see.”  And when someone comes and sees Jesus, some amazing things happen. 

Heavenly Father, You have called us to follow Jesus and to invite others to follow Jesus.  Forgive us for the missed opportunities.  Make us to be like Philip, inviting others to come and see Your Son, that they too might be blessed by everything that Jesus is for us: Lord, Savior, Friend.  In His name, Amen. 

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