One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.…
I. THE EARNEST SEEKER AFTER SALVATION.
1. His mind had been prepared —
(1) By the preaching of the Baptist —
(2) By independent reflection and Bible study.
2. He came to Jesus with an openheartedness worthy of imitation. He had his own notions, doubtless, about the grandeur of Israel's Messiah; but was not offended when the solitary, unattended man was pointed out to him. Some, in the hasty revulsion of feeling, would have turned away in disdain. But Andrew's faith mastered his prejudice.
3. His search was marked by indomitable earnestness. He followed Jesus, and by addressing Him as Rabbi, puts himself under His teaching, and follows Him home.
II. THE SATISFIED BELIEVER IN JESUS.
1. The openheartedness of Christianity. "Behold the Lamb!" "Come and see." There is no disguise, for none is needed. Christianity requires intelligence, reliance, not blind credulity. Ancient mythology and modern superstitions at Delphos, or Mecca, or Rome, had and have their reserve and mystery; but Christianity has light in herself, and studies no concealment.
2. The satisfactoriness of Christianity. When you come and see, there is always something to be seen. The search for Christ yields an intellectual and emotional satisfaction. The charge is warmly felt as well as intelligently realized. "We have found the Messiah."
III. THE ENERGETIC MISSIONARY.
1. He proclaims the truth to his brother.
2. He resumes his secular duties. It was a great soul that could bear to be with Jesus at night, and to be fishing in the morning.
3. What a contrast between the first two brothers in the New Testament and the first two brothers of the Old.
(W. M. Punshon, LL. D.)
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