Friday, November 30, 2012

Introductions, please

     I believe that it is John the Evangelist in his gospel that introduces us to Andrew, the brother of Simon (Peter).  Andrew was a disciple and follower of John the Baptizer, as well as a fellow fisherman with his brother, Simon.  In his attraction to the message of John, he saw Jesus and knew in his heart that this was the one.  Excited, he returned to his brother and told him to come and meet the master, to seek him out and to come to belief.  He wanted to introduce his brother to the Lord.

     In Matthew today we hear of Jesus introducing himself to Andrew and Simon, who were casting their nets into the sea, and inviting them to "Come after me ...".

     Introductions are important.  In fact, it was the Baptizer John who announced to all of those who were with him the day that Jesus came to the waters of the Jordan that "This is the Lamb of God".  That introduction opened the way for them to hear and embrace the Living Word of God and begin to focus on the One who is greater than John.

     In his letter to the Romans this morning, Paul says that if we confess with our lips and believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved and justified.  He says "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."  But then he adds, how can they call on one in whom they have not believed?  And how can they believe if they have not heard?  How can they hear if no one preaches?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?

     Like Andrew who hungered and searched for an answer to life and was introduced to John, then through John to Jesus, and who shared that introductory task with his brother, and countless others, we are also invited to introduce to him all whom we love - all whom we know - all whom we meet.  It is the introduction of a lifetime.  We have been blessed, so share the blessing.

     Introductions, please ...

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