Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'The first thing Andrew did...'

John 1:41,42

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, is Peter. John 1:41,42

This is a lovely text. The first thing Andrew did when he found Jesus was go and tell his brother Simon. And what did he tell him: 'We have found the Messiah.'

What's the first thing you do when you hear something different? Normally you go and tell someone you are close too; somebody that you know will be surprised or interested in your news. 

I couldn't help but notice how confident Andrew was. He didn't say we've found a great teacher but that he had found the Messiah! You wouldn't normally share that kind of information unless you were very sure that what you were saying was right and that the person to whom you were speaking wouldn't make fun of you. This (first) encounter with Christ was enough to convince Andrew that He was the Son of God. 

The second thing we read is that Andrew brought his brother to Jesus. He didn't waste any time! How excited are we that others should meet Christ? Is it the first thing we tell them? Do we lead them to Jesus like Andrew led Simon? 

The third thing that struck me was, as Christ met Simon, He looked at him and changed his name. It was a moment full of significance for Simon Peter. 

Could it be that you or I work or live beside a Simon? Someone who is just waiting to hear about Christ and meet Him. Someone who will respond to the good news of the gospel and whose first meeting with Christ will be full of significance for them?

Pray and live carefully lest you miss an opportunity to lead a soul to our glorious Christ. Let us be very sure of our own faith so as we speak to others they will be convinced as Simon was and come and find the One who can utterly transform their life. 

Who knows the ripple effect it may have; the doors of opportunity it might open! Think of the thousands (Acts 2:41) who were added to the church as a result of the witness of Andrew and the ministry of Simon Peter. 

It was to Peter these glorious words were spoken and given.

'I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.' Matt 16:19

This would never had happened if Andrew had not been a faithful witness. 

Therefore, today and every day, endeavour to be a faithful witness for Christ that His Kingdom will be established.