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Sharing the Good News February 16, 2011

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John 1:40-42
Of the twelve disciples, Jesus had three closest to Him; Peter, James and John. But, Peter was not the first to begin following Jesus. He was introduced to Jesus by another, his brother Andrew. Andrew was one of the first people to meet Jesus while he was still following John the Baptist as a disciple. When John saw Jesus he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” Here was the One they had been waiting for. The One the holy Scriptures had foretold. The Savior. The Messiah. Jesus came into Andrew’s life and changed him forever, and he couldn’t wait to tell others. He immediately introduced Peter to Jesus.
This is evangelism in its simplest form. Evangelism is sharing the good news of the Gospel; that our sin has been forgiven by the atoning work of Jesus upon the Cross. The Psalmist tells us that, “Though our sins be as scarlet, we can be white as snow.” Sin is a dark mark against us. It is that which condemns us to eternal death and separation from God and heaven. Sin is not just what we do. It is our very nature and must be dealt with. Jesus is the answer to it.
Once Andrew had met Jesus, he couldn’t wait to introduce Him to others. That’s what we should do. When Jesus comes into our lives, we are changed forever. Our sin has been removed from us, separated from us as far as the east is from the west. We are rescued from the penalty of sin. We should tell others. That’s what evangelism is. When we have met Jesus, we introduce others to Him as the One who takes away their sin. Evangelism is nothing more than one beggar telling another beggar where to find food. I have met Jesus. My sins have been forgiven and I to invite you to meet the One I know who did it for me and can do it for you as well.

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