Come and see Part One
We saw the testimony of John the Baptist. The next day two of the disciples heard John the Baptist say, "Behold the Lamb of God."
Andrew and another who is not identified ended up steeping forward and started following Jesus Christ. This happened because one believer (John the Baptist) pointed to the true Messiah. This is our primary role as Christians.
We tend to want and point to ourselves. Notice John the Baptist had desired to repeat the same testimony the next day. It is clear that we need to be consistent in our testimony for Jesus Christ. Notice the title that John used --- the Lamb of God. This name is talking about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ taking away the sin of the world.
I will use myself as an example. If my sins are not forgiven I am not going to heaven. Many people love God but because they did not accept Jesus Christ into their hearts through repentance they can not go to heaven because God will not let sin walk into Paradise. Heaven is a pure place not a place of sin. If God allowed this then heaven would turn into hell.
John gathered converts and disciples for Jesus Christ, not for himself. He was humble and generous without fear by taking the lower seat and giving the true Messiah His possession.
(35) "Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; (36) And looking upon Je'sus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! (37) And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Je'sus. (38) Then Je'sus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto Him, Rab'bi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest Thou? (39) He saith unto them, Come and see, They came and saw where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (40) One of the two which heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Si'mon Peter's brother. (41) He first findeth his own brother Si'mon, and saith unto him, We have found the Mes - si'as, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. (42) And he brought him to Je'sus. And when Je'sus beheld him, He said, Thou art Si'mon the son of Jo'na: and shall be called Ce'phas, which is by interpretation, A stone." John 1: 35 - 42.
John turned over his two disciples to Jesus Christ Himself. Once again the term Lamb of God probably was motivation enough for the two to step forward because they desired their transgressions before God to be forgiven. More than likely John the Baptist was in close conversation with these two people. Remember he saw Jesus coming so he was looking for Jesus Christ. This is exactly what we should be doing day by day. John the Baptist looked steadfastly and fixed his eyes upon the Son of man. If we are not doing this how is anyone going to come to know Jesus Christ?
He repeated the same testimony that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for the taking away of the sin of the world. It is true because when the Lord guides me to share Jesus Christ to individuals I almost always have to repeat myself. Why --- because demons are there to steal my words for them. This is found in Matthew chapter thirteen verses one to nine. These verses are called the parable of the sower.
John the Baptist intended these two disciples to hear his message for the Son of God but he was even more willing to turn them over to Jesus Christ. If I were a college professor I would desire my students to go out into the world and be productive citizens. The bottom line is John the Baptist desired disciples for Jesus Christ. Humble generous souls will give others due praise without fear of diminishing themselves. This belongs to Jesus Christ.
In this case these were the first - fruits disciples of Jesus Christ. Andrew and another unknown person were the very first to step forward. The reason why they came forward is because Jesus Christ was introduced as the Lamb of God. They desired their sins forgiven. The average person I observe does not even care if their sins are forgiven. Then they followed Him which is the second step in our relationship with Him.
This is the end of Part One but remember in verse 38 Jesus immediately recognized their decision and took early cognizance of the first motions of the souls that came to Him.
God bless you,