Phillip NathanaelThere is a very interesting pattern that emerges from sacred Scripture where it concerns the call of the first disciples and their decision to follow Jesus. The Gospel of John narrates it the best of all the Gospel accounts.
According to The Gospel of John, one day while John the Waymaker (the Baptist) was baptizing people in the Jordan River he saw Jesus walk by, “and he said, Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (Jn. 1:36). After Andrew found out where Jesus was staying he went and found his brother Simon, “and told him, “We have found the Messiah (which is translated Anointed). Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Kephas” (which is translated Peter)” (Jn.1:42). The next day Jesus traveled to Galilee and found Philip there. “And Jesus said to him, “Follow me” (Jn. 1:43). Philip then found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth” (Jn. 1:45).
What an illuminatingly divine pattern that is being established here with the call of the first disciples! These men were able find the Messiah only because they had been actively searching for him. This is why when John the Waymaker points to Jesus and essentially tells Andrew and the other disciple, ‘There is the Lamb of YHWH. There is the one you have been praying and searching for’, and it also is why they immediately go and follow him. Andrew knows that his brother Simon has also been searching and praying for the Messiah to come, and that is why he goes to tell him and it is why Simon gets up and follows them back to where Jesus was living. Likewise with Philip and Nathanael; they drop everything to go follow the Messiah, because it is what their hearts had long yearned for and desired.
The quick One-Step imitation of the Apostles finding Jesus is: (1) To find the Lord in our life we must be actively engaged in a prayerfully persistent search for Him. As the Proverb reads, “Those who love me I also love, and those who seek me find me” (Prov. 8:17).
The one commonality of all people who do not believe in Jesus is that they have not spent the time in persistent prayer and searching to find him as the first disciples had done. For, if they did take the time to prayerfully discover God who came in the flesh as Jesus, they would most certainly find Him and would immediately drop everything they are doing to go and follow Him. Similarly, those who are engaged patterns of sin are so engaged only because they have not taken the time to find Jesus in what they are doing. For, if they truly believed in God and looked for Him in what they are doing and could not find him, they would immediately drop everything that they are doing and go find God where He is at.
For these reasons and many others, it is so important for those who are In Christ to prayerfully seek the Lord in every aspect of our life and throughout every minute of the day. Jesus desires to be fully apart of our total life and He is actively drawing each of us in to His life, so that we will be truly one with Him. To discover Jesus is to discover your spouse, and to engage a spouse like Jesus into every crevice of your life is to have a very happy marriage. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Jas. 4:8).
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