Four Ways People Come to Jesus – John 1, By Ty Tamasaka

Four Ways People Come to Jesus

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“35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 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.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter[g]).

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe[h] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[i] you[j] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[k] the Son of Man.”  John 1:35-50 NIV

Over the last few devotions, we saw from John 1 the different titles attributed to Jesus.  He is the Word, the light, He is among us.  Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, the lamb of God, the baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and the Son of man.  This section of John shows four ways of coming to Jesus:

1 – Andrew came to Jesus because of Christ-centered preaching of John.  V. 36-39

There are people who come to Jesus from preaching.  There are many great communicators out there, but Gospel preachers will always point people to Jesus.  When people leave a message, they should not be in amazement at how great the preacher’s oratory skills are, but how great Jesus is.  Some people come to faith in Christ as a direct result of the preaching of the Word of God… which by the way… we discovered in John 1:1-5, is Jesus Himself.

Have you come to faith in Christ because of Christ-centered preaching?  Who do you need to invite to hear Christ-centered preaching so that they might come to Jesus?   

2 – Peter came to Jesus because of the witness of his brother. V. 41-42

There are others who come to faith because a friend or family member is a witness who brings them to Jesus.  Often people come to Jesus because someone close to them simply puts out an invitation.  The one who gives the invitation does not have to have all the answers (Peter’s brother Andrew surely didn’t have all the answers).  Andrew simply gave the invitation to come and see Jesus.

Have you come to faith in Christ as a result of the witness of a brother (or sister) in Christ?  To whom do you need to be a witness and extend and invitation?

3 – Phillip came to Jesus as a result of the direct calling from Jesus.  V. 43

There are some who come to faith in Jesus because they sense a direct call from Him.  Philip heard a call directly from Jesus.  “Follow Me…”  Have you experienced a direct call from Jesus?  Maybe you’ve encountered a calling from Him in the Word, through a revelation, or a strong impulse.

Have you come to faith in Christ because you have had a direct calling?  Is there anyone whom can you encourage to respond to a direct calling from Jesus?

4 – Nathaniel came to Jesus as he overcame personal doubts by a personal encounter with Jesus.  V. 47-49

There are others who start out as skeptics and come to faith in Jesus as a result of overcoming some sort of doubt and having a personal encounter with Jesus.  These redefining moments are times that change us.  These moments will either drive us closer to Jesus or drive us further from Him.   

Have you come to faith in Christ because you have had a personal encounter with Him, maybe through a difficult time or challenging season?  Whom do you need to encourage as they are going through a season of doubt?

What about you?

How did you come to faith in Jesus Christ?  Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ?  Was it because you were exposed to dynamic Christ-centered preaching?  Maybe you came to faith in Jesus as the result of the faithful witness of a brother or friend who took the risk to share with you.  Did you come to faith as a result of a direct calling from Jesus?  Did you come to faith after a personal encounter with Jesus as you were struggling through your own doubts and insecurities?   Maybe the result of several of these combined?    

If you haven’t trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, begin today.

If you are a follower of Jesus, understand how people come to Jesus and invite others to “come and see” along with you.

Holy Spirit thank You for drawing me to Jesus.  Thank You for drawing Your people to Jesus.  I surrender to You today Lord.  Lead me.  Guide me.  Make me new.  Empower me to be a witness to You.  In the name of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, amen.

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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