THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST - 2
Today’s gospel: John 1:35-42
For salvation, people need to call upon the name of the Lord.
For them to do so, they need to believe. For them to believe,
they need to hear the gospel. For them to hear the gospel,
it needs to be proclaimed. This is the importance of evangelizers.
For people to meet Christ and to start to
live Christ, there are those others who share
see this in the call of the first disciples. John the Baptist
said to his disciples, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
(v.36). He pointed to Jesus. He proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb
of God. He made known who Jesus was. “The two disciples
heard what he said and followed Jesus.” (v.37). They
heard. They were attracted, intrigued, challenged? Whatever
it was, they followed Jesus. They sought him out. They wanted
to meet him. They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”
(v.38c). They wanted to become more intimate with him. They
wanted to enter under his roof. They wanted to know him more.
“So they went and saw where he was staying, and they
stayed with him that day.” (v.39b). Certainly Jesus
taught them about the Kingdom. Certainly they were well on
their way to living the ways of Jesus.
the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John
and followed Jesus.” (v.40). This is significant. They
heard John, and they followed Jesus. They heard and they believed.
“We have found the Messiah” (v.41b). There is
a direct correlation between hearing and believing. Of course
not everyone who hears the gospel will put their faith in
Jesus. But certainly all those who put their faith in Jesus
heard the gospel first! The proclamation of the gospel is
the very first step to salvation. Without the proclamation
of the gospel, most people would not even meet Christ.
the two disciples meet Christ, start to live
Christ, and now will share Christ.
Andrew told his brother Simon Peter about the Messiah (v.41).
To proclaim Christ is simply to share about our experience
of Jesus. We share in our normal day-to-day circles, like
our own close relatives (then there are friends, co-workers,
neighbors, etc.). We do not have to preach or quote scripture
(we can do that too), but we only basically say, “I
found Jesus. Let me tell you about him.” “Then
he brought him to Jesus.” (v.42a). Such proclamation
is powerful. It brings people to Jesus, to meet him and to
know him. For us today, we also go a further step, because
people need a practical process of really getting to know
Jesus and starting to live Christ. We bring people to Jesus
through an effective renewal program, such as the Life
in Christ Seminar (LCS) of the LCSC
In this episode in John’s gospel, Jesus says three things.
He says the same things to us today.
are you looking for?” (v.38b). What indeed is the world
looking for? In the new year, as always, we look for peace,
we hope for good things, we want to be blessed. But each new
year turns out more or less the same, with a lot of sorrows
and pain. We are looking in the wrong places, doing the wrong
things, following the wrong people. For peace in the world
we need to look to the Prince of Peace. For good things we
look to the One who freely dispenses fullness of grace. For
blessings we look to the Savior and Lord gave himself up for
us and who loves us with an eternal love.
and you will see.” (v.39a). Jesus does not force salvation
on us. We need to freely accept. We need to go to him and
accept him as Savior and Lord. If we do go to Jesus, then
we will see. Brought from darkness to light, we will see the
truth, which then sets us free. Having been traveling on the
wide road that leads to damnation, we will now see the true
way, the narrow road that leads to salvation. Being dead in
our sin and under condemnation of death, we now have life,
and can look forward to eternal life in heaven.
are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas”
(v.42b). Having gone to Jesus and starting to live his way
of life, having responded to the call, we are now anointed
by him to be in his body, to share in his work, and to go
forth to do for others what has been done for us. Jesus tells
us, “This is who you are (were); now this is who you
are (will be).” Our lives are overturned and totally
transformed. We shed the old life and put on Christ. From
opponents of God we now become friends of Jesus and soldiers
of the Holy Spirit.
Onward to the New Evangelization!