Some folks are intimidated when we talk about preparing to sharing. Reminding them that they need to prepare highlights area in which they are not prepared. One thing I not trying to do is to stop you from telling others. No matter how new a Christian you are, no matter how little you know, you can tell what you know.
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. (39) And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. (Joh 4:28-30, 39)
They Met Jesus
The three people in our Scripture reading were different. Their personalities were different. Their occupations were different. Their standing in the community was different. They met Christ in different places. He spoke to them in different ways. But all three had had met Jesus.
They Told What They Knew
Another thing these three had in common was that they told what they knew – right away. There is no one else in the world like Jesus, so when you meet Him, you have something to talk about. They didn’t delay. They found someone they knew and told them about Christ.
Keep in mind, none of these people were commanded to tell others. Jesus didn’t tell them (yet) to preach the gospel. They didn’t go to a revival meeting and get on fire about witnessing. They didn’t read Progressive Devotions and have their heart stirred to share the good news. Their witness was natural. Meeting Jesus was the greatest experience of their lives and they had to tell someone else.
Less Than Perfect
If you read the gospels, you’ll find that Peter was much bolder and more out front than Andrew. It would have been easy for Andrew to be intimidate and not share the gospel with his boisterous brother, but he did it anyway.
Philip got a lot wrong in his testimony about Jesus. He called Him “Jesus of Nazareth.” Evenone knew that the Messiah was supposed to be from Bethlehem. He said that Jesus was the son of Joseph, when He was really the Son of God. But he got his brother to meet Jesus, and when Nathanael did, he all his questions were answered.
The woman at the well had a reputation for immorality. After she met Jesus, it would have been easy for her to say, “How can I tell these men about Christ after the way I’ve lived?” She might have gone to the women of the town first, but she goes from house to house, man to man. In some ways it makes sense, in others it seems a little weird. Nevertheless, she got the good news out right away and many people believed on Christ because of her testimony.
If you’ve trusted Christ as your Savior, you already possess the most important piece of information lost folks need to know. The point of today’s study is to remind you of that fact, and to ask you if you have the passion to pass it on.
What About You?
- Have you met Christ? Is He your Savior?
- Forget about what you don’t know – are you sharing what you do know?