We Have Found The Messiah

John 1:40-42 “40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).” (NASB)

Though he didn’t know it yet, Peter was about to embark on a journey that would take him from a simple fisherman living in an out- of-the-way town in a nation under foreign occupation, and transform him into the leader of the early church.

There was no way he could have foreseen what this encounter with Christ would mean, no way he could have predicted how his life would change, no way he could have understood the choice he was about to make to either follow Christ, or keep on fishing.

I am always fascinated by how the twelve disciples came to Jesus. These men weren’t interviewing with church leaders on their last day of seminary, sending out resumes with a written philosophy of ministry, putting their profiles on a bulletin board, or checking the want ads for open positions.

Instead, time and again we see them being brought to Jesus by others. First Andrew comes to know Christ through the testimony of John the Baptist, then he uses his own testimony to bring Peter to meet Christ. How is God wanting to use your story? Who is He putting in your path? How has He called you to share the gift of grace with this Advent season?