Being Led to Jesus

John 1: 35-42

1 Jn 3:7-10 / Psa 98:1,7-9

“We have found the Messiah.” Then he brought him to Jesus.
(John 1:41-42)

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, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” Jesus 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. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, means Peter). (John 1:35-42)

Reflection

When John the Baptist pointed out Jesus 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. 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.

In his great humility, John the Baptist had pointed others to Christ. Have we ever consciously led others to the Lord by inviting them to our renewal community, or by being a model Christian? 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 a friend and his wife invited us to the breakfast fellowship of their community, we could not say no because they were a couple 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 enjoy with the Lord we will always be grateful to our sponsors, as we are sure they must be to theirs.

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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