By Invitation

IN the last portion of John chapter 1, we read about these men who were brought IN to something amazing.

[Read John 1.35-51]

INDICATION… John the Baptist pointed again to Jesus as he approached and proclaimed once more, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (35-36)

INQUIRING… Two of John’s followers followed Jesus instead. They asked where he was staying. (37-38)

INVITATION… Jesus said, “Come and you will see.” He showed them and they stayed. (39)

INFORMATION… One of those men was Andrew, the brother and business partner of Simon. He went to his brother to share his insight, “We have found the Messiah.” (40-41)

INTRODUCTION… Andrew brought his brother to meet Jesus who immediately gave him a new name, Peter. (42)

INTENTION… Walking through Galilee, Jesus found Philip and said simply, “Follow me.” (43)

INSPIRATION … Philip was so struck with Jesus’ presence that he went to his friend, Nathaniel and told him plainly that they had found the promised One. (44-45)

INDIGNATION… Nathaniel could hardly conceive that the promised Messiah could be someone from Nazareth. (46a)

INSISTENCE… Philip said simply, “Come and see.” (46b)

INSIGHT… Jesus, the Word that had become flesh, spoke knowingly to Nathaniel, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathaniel believed. (47-49)

INVITATION… Jesus was impressed at Nathaniel’s ready faith and promised many more and greater things. (50-51)

God came into our mess and, just like those men, He invites us into His work of restoration and reconciliation.

See Him inviting everyday, ordinary people into His work.

Believe Him—that He really does want you to join Him.

Know Him by responding to His invitation and experiencing His transforming work firsthand.

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