The gospel of John gives the reason for the book
(20:31), that those who do not believe would come to
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and
be saved from their sins, delivered from death and
have life in his name. John presents not just
miracles but also encounters with individuals to
prove his thesis. We see Nicodemus and the woman at
the well. In every single encounter, we are brought
to see that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. In
particular, we are looking at the conversion of
Andrew and Simon. What do these encounters teach us
1. We find a Christ that comes
Christ is the promised Savior. He comes willingly as
the Lamb of God. We cannot pander to man's depravity
in the preaching of God's Word. He is the one who
fulfilled all the types and shadows of the OT. We
think of the Lamb of God in Genesis 22 and the
scapegoat in Leviticus. There is a Lamb not just for
Israel but also for the Gentile.
2. We find a Christ who provokes confession
"We have found the Messiah..." Andrew believed the
word he heard about Christ. Conversion produces a
spirit of humble learning. These are words spoken in
great delight. Christ is the pearl of great price.
3. We find a Christ that invites communion
"What seek ye?" This is a test of their motivation.
There is a faith that is not saving faith. There were
people that are moved by the miracles but have no
affection for his person. Andrew and Simon became so
convinced of who he was that they wanted to dwell and
commune with him. He is a conquering Redeemer who
invites his people to dwell with Him.
4. We find a Christ that sovereignly changes sinners