Sunday 17 January 2021

Scripture

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock. (John 1:35-42)

Reflect

At the moment, we’re missing many things including holidays! In between those lockdown days – when restrictions were lifted – many people sneaked off abroad to seek the sun, take a break, see other sights. Sightseeing holidays can often be exhausting as we trawl around old cities, seeking out historical sites and places of interest. And then, on the return home, we can bore our friends with holidays pics! Seeing things second hand is just not the same! In the gospel reading, Andrew has set his sights on something, or rather someone, he has been seeking for some time. John the Baptist has pointed him in the right direction, and Jesus invites him closer still. “Come and see.” So sure that Jesus is the expected One, Andrew brings his brother, Simon, to Jesus too. Having set his eyes on Christ, he naturally wants to lead others to him. Who, in your life, has helped to draw you closer to Christ? Parents, family, friends? And who have you helped to see Jesus as Lord? And is there some way today or in the days to come that we can enable others to see Jesus too?

Prayer

God our Father, I’m thankful to those who have led me to you and inspired me in my life with Christ. Help me to show others to Jesus, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

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