“One of the two who heard John speak and followed [Jesus] was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).” (John 1:40-41)
WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH
Some disciples of John the Baptist hear John say, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”, as Jesus walks by. They follow Jesus and Jesus asks them what they are looking for. One thing leads to another, and they end up spending most of the day with Jesus. One of those who followed Jesus was Andrew. He went and found his brother Simon, and exclaimed, “We have found the Messiah.” (I imagine that there should have been an exclamation point at the end of that proclamation - “We have found the Messiah!”)
If you have become a follower of Jesus, then you have found the Messiah, too. “Messiah” - the anointed one of God… the Son of God… God-in-the-flesh… God-with-us. And, if we have found the Messiah, then we ought to be telling others the good news.
We have found the Messiah, the One who…
- Forgives sins, or “takes away the sins of the world.”
- Heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, makes the mute speak, unstops the ears of the deaf, sets the prisoners free, brings good news to the poor and oppressed.
- Is worthy of our ultimate allegiance, praise, and worship.
- Guides and leads us into all truth.
- Teaches us how to love, not just by his words, but especially by his actions.
- Conquered death forever, and promises us eternal life.
- Lays down his life for others.
- Came - not to be served, but to serve.
- Came - that we may have life in abundance.
Many people in our world are hurting, “missing something”, but often are not sure what they are missing. Many people in our world are making gods out of money or power or being busy or being famous. Many people in our world are addicted to food or drugs or alcohol or adrenaline or drama. Many people in our world are deeply lonely, even though they are “plugged in” and can “friend” someone on Facebook or follow people on Instagram or Twitter.
And all the while, there is a Messiah among us, offering to lead us into a life of deep connection to God, others, self, and all of creation.
We, like Andrew, need to tell some of these folks that we have found the Messiah. Or, perhaps more accurately, we can tell them how the Messiah found us!
Who can you tell today, in one way or another, “Hey! We have found the Messiah! Come and see for yourself!”