“They Followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37)

following-footsteps-gary-r-2005-gary-robertshaw“Again on the next-day, John and two others from his disciples stood around. And having looked at Jesus walking, he says, Behold, the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak and they followed Jesus.” vs35-37

This is the goal of every gospel ministry – to have you behold the Lamb of God and follow Jesus. We are not after our own name, fame, or applause, and we do not want your money! We want you to give because God has commanded it, and we want your fruit to show real faith, but we are not USING YOU! Paul said, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that is increasing on your account (Phil 4:17).” We have all and are full in Jesus Christ, having learned the secret of contentment, that we can give Him glory no matter our situation, and we trust Him to care for us (Phil 4:11). We want you to see Christ crucified and your inheritance in Him, and we want you to be faithful, persevering until the end.

Brothers, smell out those God sent prophets and discern good from evil. Do not support every man or give your wealth to demons (2 John 11). Do not be mislead by flash and intellectual charm, but cleave to those who preach Christ faithfully, and follow Him. Imitate Him in the way that you walk, and bring your problems to Christ.

I was reading Friday, angered and grieved about incidents of racism in America. I realized the nation hasn’t changed as much as I thought, and man’s heart hasn’t changed at all (Jer 17:9). The solution, however, and the mission of the church is to preach Christ to every evil, so that captives may be set free. When Christ fed the multitudes, He healed their temporary need, but He attached it to the gospel, which we must, as we serve the world. Let us preach Christ at the abortion clinic and to the racist, hateful ways of man. Let us not fight each other over Red States and Blue States!

We have a commission from heaven. John the Baptist preached the SAME GOSPEL “Again the next day.” He did not waver. He told the soldiers, “Don’t take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages (Luke 3:14).” He told those who had more, “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same (Luke 3:11).” This isn’t Socialism but gospel: this is not something to divide over, as if I must stand for Pilate, while you promote Herod. The Church did not split over these things, and we’re unwise to lump ourselves with the wicked and draw lines between believers. America fought a Civil War, where Christians in the North and the South shed each other’s blood in the name of the State and the Constitution. Brothers, we’ve got bigger fish to fry, and a more glorious message with urgent priority. Do not focus on endless genealogies of White and Black, this Tribe and that, but uplift Christ in your passions, focusing on righteousness, joy, and peace in the Spirit. “Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men (Rom 14:18).” Do not get sidetracked and turned out of the way (Gen 45:24). Following Jesus leads us on His mission with His peace, overcoming sin.

Follow Him, my dear brothers, not human opinion. Follow Him in the gospel, not the multitudes. Follow Him where He leads you, and trust that the path He demands is the best life for you (Matt 28:19). Go where He says go, and He will be there, and tell Him that you have no strength, so you rely on Him and He gets the glory.

Following Jesus makes us love each other and keep the gospel forefront. This is how you know people that walk with God.

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