Our mandate and example of evangelism comes directly from the story of Jesus. Jesus is active and willing to spend time with and call people as we bring them to the Saviour. John the Baptist demonstrates for us when he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” And the two men who heard him immediately followed Jesus. When you see the Lamb of God and the Spirit opens your eyes, the only response is to follow him. It starts, however, with someone pointing to Jesus with their life and their voice and identifying the Lamb.
After the two disciples spend time with Jesus their next move is to bring others. Once you get a taste of Jesus, you find your brother and tell him about Jesus. True encounters with the Son of God cannot be contained and unnoticed. The wonder and amazement and joy cause you to bring your brother to Jesus. Or your sister. Or your neighbour. Or your friend.
This is the chain of grace and salvation moving across the world as we live out the Great Commission. Jesus left us with the mandate in Matthew 28 to do exactly what John and he demonstrated in John 1. Jesus is active and willing to spend time with and call people as we bring them to the Saviour. Just like he did with the first disciples.
And notice that Jesus sees your potential before you even meet him. The first thing he did with Simon is tell him that his name will be the Rock (Peter / Cephas). On their first meeting, Jesus identified for Peter the role he would play in the church for all of history. Peter didn’t fully understand, yet Jesus was clear in his purpose for the future Apostle.
Today is the day for us to say, “Look” to our friends and neighbours. Bring your brothers and sisters in this world to the Lord, so that they can join the family of God for eternity.