December 24th, 2006

(Bring Someone with You to Heaven)

“He [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and said to
him, We have found the Messiah (which means Christ). He
brought him to Jesus”

(John 1:41,42)

“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found
Philip and said to him, Follow me… Philip found Nathanael
and said to him, We have found him of whom Moses wrote in
the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Galilee, the
son of Joseph”

(John 1:43-45)

The Greek word for find/found in the New Testament is from the eureka family of words. This eureka experience often involves strong human emotions (see Lk. 15:8-10; 32!). Notice in John chapter 1 how Christianity functions at its evangelistic core— several essential features emerge:

1. People find Christ in their own lives.
2. Then, those people find other people, and bring them to Jesus.

This model is basic and contains certain assumptions: (1) Disciples care enough to tell others (2) These others, in turn, are open enough to be teachable. Jesus certainly had heaven on his mind (John 1:51; 3:13,31; 6:50; 18:36; 20:16-17). Won’t you make heaven your goal too?

– Robert M. Housby

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