John 1:35-42

by Lon on December 31, 2009

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.

36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). nike roshe run

We tend to think of God by his divine will and timing calling people to himself. adidas nmd However we can see by this passage that it was Simon who had brought Peter to Jesus. nike air max 1 pas cher What if Simon had decided to ‘follow’ Jesus for himself? What if he was only concerned about his own spirituality and personal growth that he had forgotten about Peter?

The good news is that the good news is too good to keep to ourselves. A primary aspect of following Jesus involves connecting with those who have yet to encounter to Jesus themselves.

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peta dunia satelit May 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

This was very helpful to me, I have been a Christian for a long time I have always understood for me the personal relationship in Christ, I had no one else I still do not have a real sense of identity. Having had 4 surnames to date i.e. birth name one set of fostercarers name back to my own name my married name to be widowed the to remarry and have a new married name. To not be bought up by my own family but many families and the care system, I found for a while an identity in church only to lose it when my husband died. However I have never lost my identity in Christ and I understand my calling to share the gospel sometimes I don’t do that in a conformed way, I hear I pray I share. I myself am not very good at anything consistantly and particularly I am not good at emotionally connecting with the Jesus I know and love , yet I have always related Christianity to Christ being my friend, I had it at my baptism, there are parts of the gospel I found helpful like “set apart for you Lord” it made me feel less lonely but did not help me to integrate. “I have never understood why I have never been able to have peace in that identity in Christ. I sin but no more than anyone else I fail like everyone else but I am often too frightened covered up by my confident exterior to feel its ok just to be. I feel lost even though I am very much found. People sometimes ask me what do you want? I think I want to be valued i want not to be frightened I want my failings not to be what people remember about me. I want to care without fear but my head is full of risk assessments and the guilt of the innocent bystanders who mop up your tears listen in the early hours, and reassure me for the time being. I want to be alongside those who have led me on the way. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and all sorts of places but my identity is unknown often and not in them. I dream of the day when someone says this is ###### and I am proud of what she has achieved, that’s self consumed I know but that’s what I want. I want to be able to serve without having my buttons pushed emotionally, but I don’t want to be void of emotion. I have found it hard to settle I just want to blend in and that’s at odds with recognition. I tag along usually trying to contribute something helpful, never being sure whether I have. God being the only one who has always been there to return to. I long to have somewhere to return to where I am truly wanted. I could not have children I won’t have grand children the person I care for is not able to return or relate to the care he gets. I fill the gap with achievement again not that relatively its any good but I do like it when I play a chorus on an instrument and I get it right and when I get it right I change the instrument and learn to get it right on that, that way I feel I get it right sometimes????????????????. I just want some friends

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