The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. ~ John 1:41,42
Throughout the season that the Church calls Epiphany (which ends with the beginning of Lent), Christians learn about the far-reaching mission that Jesus came to accomplish. He came not for some people, but for all. He came not to begin the work of saving us, but to complete it.
Jesus accomplished his mission. He demolished the devil’s work. He destroyed death’s power over us. He broke the chains of sin and guilt that held us in their prison. When Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” when he was dying on the cross, his mission was complete. Our sins were forgiven. Eternal life was ours. End of story. The last seconds have ticked off the clock, and the victory is final.
All that remains to be done is to spread the news. That is where we come in. We, who know the Savior of the world, get to go out and tell others.
That is what Andrew did. When he met Jesus, whom John the Baptist called “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” the Holy Spirit put faith in his heart to believe what he heard and saw.
Andrew knew he couldn’t keep it to himself. The Bible tells us, “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah.’ And he brought him to Jesus.” He didn’t need to give a long, detailed testimony. He simply said: Come and see the Savior. He didn’t need to travel to faraway lands. He went and found his brother.
You and I can tell others, just like Andrew did. Just tell them about the one who sealed the victory for you and for them. Perhaps share with them a devotion you have read, or invite them to go to church with you to learn about Jesus. And when you do, God will be using you to carry out his mission to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
Jesus, I’m so thankful that I believe in you. Use me to bring others to you also. Amen.