Lent Devotional: John 1:40-42

by Jonathan Haefs

John 1:40-42 (click here)
[Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. (John 1:41-42a)

Who brought you to Jesus?

None of us come alone. Someone pointed us toward Jesus as the Christ. Perhaps a family member or friend… maybe a pastor or an author through their written work…maybe someone just handed us a Bible, but all of us arrived in Jesus’ presence via witness.

Andrew came to Jesus because of the witness of John the Baptist. Now, Andrew is the one bringing people to Jesus and he begins with his own brother.

Why? Why does Andrew feel this compulsion to bring his brother to Christ?

There is one simple reason… it is because of who Jesus is! Andrew tells his brother, “We have found the Messiah!”

That is the reason he is compelled to pull Peter into relationship with Jesus. That is what should motivate every person who proclaims Jesus! We do not share Jesus out of guilt, obligation, or religious duty…but out of a joy that cannot be contained because we have seen him for who he truly is!

Jesus is our Messiah, our Christ, our Savior…he is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and the world needs to know that!

Who brought you to Jesus?

If you have truly seen who he is…the joy compels you to ask… Who will I bring to Jesus?

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