Leading Others to Jesus


John 1: 35-42
1 Jn 3: 7-10 / Psa 98

“Come, and you will see.”
(John 1:39)

Blessed is the man who leads us,
As Andrew led his brother Peter;
We all find our way to Jesus
Thru another to be His leader.

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” He replied, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where He was staying, and they spent that day with Him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus, Who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). (John 1:35-42)

Reflection

When John the Baptist pointed out Jesus (“Behold, the Lamb of God”) to his two disciples, Andrew and John, as the Lord walked past them, the two future apostles followed the Lord without hesitation, and stayed with Him the whole day. Later, Andrew sought out his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Then he brought him to Jesus, Who told him, “You are Simon, the son of John; you will be called Cephas” (or Peter).

John the Baptist did not mind that his disciples would leave him to follow Jesus. He had said earlier, “Now I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God” (Jn.1:34), and told them much later, “He must increase; I must decrease” (Jn.3:30). It was enough for him that he had revealed the Messiah to others.

By their example, John the Baptist and Andrew (Peter’s brother) had led others to Christ. Have we ever consciously led others to the Lord through our renewal community? Or, have our words and actions been a strong influence in the formation of the Christian values of those under our care? Each one of us can be a signpost leading other souls to God, just as much as by our bad example or indifference, we may lead others away from Him. When we were invited by a couple to the breakfast meeting of the Brotherhood, we could not say no because they were friends we held in high esteem. What we have learned and gained, in terms of genuine friends in the brotherhood, and more importantly, for the closer relationship we now have with the Lord we will always be grateful to our sponsors, as we are sure they must be to theirs. Let us make a resolve this year to invite friends and associates, or even total strangers to our renewal community. Who knows, we may be instruments of the Holy Spirit leading them to Christ. Or like the apostle Andrew, we may be bringing a great leader (like St. Peter) to become Christ’s leader in our renewal community.

Lead us, Lord, to others that they too may see what we have seen and learned, and by the guidance of Your Spirit, the favor we received may be returned. Amen.

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