Who are we?

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Peter’s conversion – the message of Andrew (John 1:40-42)

We can see from the account that Andrew’s message was short, straightforward and sure. Of course, he already knew what would Peter was interested in, so we cannot deduce from Andrew’s words an example to use in witnessing in every situation. For example, if Peter had not known what the term ‘Messiah’ signified, the words of Andrew would not have made sense to him. But since Peter did, then Andrew’s witness was very suitable. The point is, we have to know something about the person to whom we are speaking concerning Jesus.

A lot can be said in a few words. Andrew spoke of a great discovery that he had made. What did the word ‘Messiah’ mean? The Messiah was the promised deliverer, the One whom devout Jews had waited for to come. He had been promised to Abraham when he was told that through one of his descendants the world would be blessed.

No doubt, the grasp that Andrew had of what it meant for Jesus to be the Messiah would be limited to some extent in comparison to the detail that he would come to know about Jesus in coming days. Yet his little knowledge was not a reason for not speaking about Jesus, and he did. He had found what he was looking for, or who he was looking for.

Life for Andrew would never be the same again. No longer was he identified as a fisherman, although he went back to fishing for a while. No longer was he identified as a disciple of John; those days now were over. Instead he was a disciple of Jesus and a witness to Jesus. This was going to be his identity for the rest of his life. What is our identity?

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