Come, see and follow

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Evangelism, Leadership, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

As I was reading the book of John (Along with the Graystone family), I came across one passage that, upon careful consideration, I believe serves as a great encouragement to all of us.

John 1:37-42 relates the story of how Jesus invites Andrew to follow Him saying “Come, and you will see” (v39). Also, in the same passage, Jesus gives to Cephas (Andrew’s brother), a new name: Peter.

Now, often times we hear this passage ‘bundled together’ with the other accounts of Jesus calling His disciples. These passages are generally characterized and used to extend an invitation to leave it all immediately and follow Him –the same as the disciples did (ie “At once they left their nets and followed him.” Mathew 4:20)

I don’t know how that makes you feel; in my case, not too good. I wish I had the zeal and courage of these men who left it all for Jesus at once. Unfortunately, sometimes I seem to be more of a “process” guy. Sometimes it takes me a while to obey or even understand an instruction or learn certain lessons… sometimes I don’t learn until I have fallen a few times. –may be it’s just me

Well, this is where the passage from John becomes encouraging. This is why:

Long story short, if you take that passage from John where Jesus calls Peter and Andrew (Chapter 1) and compare it to the other passages where Jesus calls His disciples (Matthew 4, Mathew 9, Mathew 10, Mark 1, Mark 2) you can come to a variety of conclusions, one of them is that some of those accounts are different and separate in time and space, giving a new meaning to the passage. This is how I would put it chronologically:

  1. (John 1) At the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, right after His baptism at the Jordan River (v35) , He tells Andrew to “Come, and you will see” (v39) and gives Peter his new name.
  2. Some time goes by, even a Passover feast (John 2:13-15)
  3. Perhaps a few months later, (Matthew 4:18-22) As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he sees the two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew and tells them “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” AND THEN at once they left their nets and followed him.

Apparently it wasn’t a cold call, it was more of a “come and see” and a while later… “Now that you have seen, follow me and I will make disciples through you..”

Yes, perhaps some of the disciples were called in the spot and accepted the call to ministry, but perhaps many of us are more like Andrew and Peter. Not that we are excused to delay our answer to God’s call to the work of God, but may be in the sense that since we have tasted and seen His love and mercy and power, perhaps it is now time to follow Him, be a disciple, a student of Jesus and The Word, not just a ‘church goer’ but a growing thriving member of God’s family. A fisher or men.

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Comments
  1. Angela says:

    Interesting that Peter, of all people, didn’t make a quick decision, as we see him do throughout the Gospels as a disciple.

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