Gospel Of John – Lesson Three – John 1:35-51 – “Glory Of The Ordinary”

This article is part 3 of 3 in the series The Gospel Of John

After Jesus was immersed by John in the Jordan, Jesus ministry begins his ministry, and is soon lead into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan (Lk. 4:1-13). Our text begins with Jesus’ first disciples who were motivated by the repeated identifying remark of John, “Look, the Lamb of God!” Following this, two (one specifically named) begin to follow after Jesus. “What do you want?” Jesus asks them. They reply, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Jesus replies, “Come, and you will see.” So it begins…

1. Let’s begin by answering the question, “What were the Jews looking for in Messiah?” ______________________________________________________________________
2. Enter: “ANDREW, Simon Peter’s brother.” You would think Jesus would have gone after the most educated, and respected, with a livelihood that was admired. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Jesus. WHY? ______________________________________________________________________
3. Jesus choosing the “ordinary” says what to us today?
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4. Learning some things about Andrew:
A. He is seemingly always in the shadow of his “big brother” Peter. (Always “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother…”)
B. Andrew, a devoted “follower” of John, and was eagerly looking for the Messiah (vs. 37-40).
C. Andrew was an “introducer,” or “connector.” (vs.41; 6:8-9; 12:22)
What attitude do we need to be an “introducer” like Andrew? ______________________________________________________________________5. From the article “Glory of the Ordinary,” (At the bottom) what are some “things learned” that are particularly important and helpful to you… and WHY?
______________________________________________________________________6. Enter: PHILLIP and NATHANAEL, who were from the same town as Andrew and Peter, and were similarly fishermen by trade. Phillip was like Andrew in that he “found Nathaniel.”
A. Why do you think Phillip went to Nathanael? _____________________________________________________________________
B. When he told Nathanael about Jesus what was his reply? ______________________________________________________________________
C. What can we learn from Phillip’s answer to Nathaniel? How would you characterize Nathanael?______________________________________________________________________
D. Enter: RACISM/PREJUDICE: What is the problem with “assuming” or “broadly characterizing a group of people? ______________________________________________________________________
E. Consider: “Not very many people have ever been argued into Christianity.” What has characterized our approach to the lost in the past? What should we avoid? ______________________________________________________________________
F. How have we (according to the article) “clouded the way with things that are secondary, and can be answered after one comes to Jesus?” ______________________________________________________________________
G. How does Jesus deal with Nathanael? (Vs 47-51) ______________________________________________________________________

The Glory Of The Ordinary by Jack Exum
Christ emphasized the individual. He surrounded himself not with the rich of the world, or those upon whose shoulders had fallen the mantle of political power, but with just the ordinary. Worldly honor and true humility rarely run in the same veins. So today, God still seeks men of service rather than those who aspire to honor and power.
Such a man was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
Little is said of Andrew except he was a fisherman by trade. No, don’t feel sorry for Andrew… he was one of the first to answer the call of the Master, and before his conversion he was a disciple of John the Baptist. He had heard no lectures on personal evangelism, nor did he have special instructions on soul-winning. He had no degrees from a Bible College or a Certificate from a Preacher’s School. However, John, in his gospel, seems to fear no one would know just who Andrew was, so he is introduced as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother”.
Few would recall that it was Andrew who brought Simon Peter to Jesus. What was Andre’s ‘secret method’ of soul winning? How many would love to ‘find’ a ‘Simon Peter’ today who would later be a elder in the church, a preacher, writer, and later give his life for Jesus.
What indeed was the method of Andrew? Here it is in John’s words, 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” (John 1:41-42). He did more with five words than many do with thousands. Then “he brought him to Jesus.”
Things learned: Soul winning is not about programs, (although they are helpful to an extent). Not about making sure people know “what we are against” or “having the right answers to all the issues.” Come to think about it, these things just seem to ‘get in the way’ and have little to do with “bringing someone to Jesus.”
How many have tuned away from Jesus, simply because we have clouded the way with other things which are secondary, and can be answered after one comes to Jesus?
Andrew simply went and found his brother, and told him about the greatest thing to ever happen to him, “WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH”. As Charles Hodge repeats over and again in his book, “Amazing Grace”, “Tell people what God did before you tell them what to do.” What a message, what a mission!
After Andrew, and Peter, there was Phillip, and then Phillip meets Nathanael, who doubts anything good can come out of Nazareth. Overcoming prejudice is a big problem for the soul winner. There are many things to overcome without bringing in additional ‘issues’ to make sure people understand and believe everything. Be patient with people, give them a chance to grow in grace. Just think about those who are saved throughout the Book of Acts… were these made to wait until they understood everything about worship, church organization, Lord’s Supper before being saved? Of course not… it was just ORDINARY people sharing JESUS with others. Jesus commission to disciples is to “go”…”make disciples” and then “teach” all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).
Soul winning is about bringing the lost to Jesus. Jesus is NOT ORDINARY… He is the Great Healer, the only Savior. Jesus can use ordinary people. Just ‘go and find your brother and tell him, “I have found Jesus!” Tell him the good news that Jesus has come. Remember… “Tell people what God did, before you tell them what to do!”

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