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Jesus sees what we may not

Andrew is a connector. He brings people to Jesus.

The first person we know of is his brother, Simon. Andrew brings Simon to Jesus.

Jesus notices Simon. He looks at him. He sees him.

(Just as a thought experiment,  imagine walking up to Jesus with your brother after listening to the excitement in your brother’s voice. You walk up, and he’s talking to someone else, and then he looks over and notices you. You realize that his eyes stop and look at you. The person who is, according to your brother, the Messiah and his eyes stop on you.

Chills.)

Jesus looks at Simon and tells him his name.

That is backwards. In normal situations, Andrew would have brought Simon and said, “Jesus, this is my brother Simon. Simon, this is Jesus.” They would have politely shaken hands and Jesus would have gone back to his other conversation.

Being Jesus, however, he’s the one who tells Simon who he is, who his dad is, and what his name will be.

What his name will be. Jesus has known him for, what, 10 seconds and already he’s changing Simon’s name.

That is, of course, what Jesus loves to do. He loves to say, “You think you know who you are. But I know who you really are, who you will be, who I created you to be. I know the name I use when I think of you.” Like the dad who calls his daughter “Beautiful” because that’s what he wants her to see, like the mother who speaking confidently about the stumbling piano scales because she hears the music on the other end, Jesus looks at Simon and says, “You are going to be as solid as a rock.”

When Jesus says, “I love you,” maybe he knows what he means.

the first thing he did

Andrew spent a day with Jesus.

He had been a follower of John (the baptizing one). He was looking for something spiritual. He was looking for someone that would be the one, the answer, the Messiah.

And after spending a day with Jesus, Andrew went looking for his brother and said, simply, “We have found the Messiah.”

His brother would have known about Andrew’s quest, about how he followed John, about what Andrew had been looking for. His brother would have known Andrew’s personality, how quick or slow he was to trust. Simon knew how to understand Andrew’s statement.

There are times that we say to people that we don’t know, “We have found the Messiah” and we can’t figure out why they aren’t as excited as we are.

It may be because they aren’t us, they don’t know us, they have no clue about the quest we have been on. They don’t know how much we have struggled over this. They don’t have any reason to be concerned about what is happening in our lives.

Andrew tells his brother Simon about his discovery and then takes Simon to Jesus. He doesn’t drag him. He doesn’t coerce him. He doesn’t trick him.

It may be reading into the text, but Simon likely goes with Andrew to see Jesus on the strength of Andrew and Simon’s relationship as brothers (at least) and perhaps because they shared the same quest.

When followers of Jesus invite other people to be followers of Jesus, we have to be aware of their story. And we have to let them be aware of ours.

To simply assume that they should understand the significance of Jesus without any relational context at all misses a simple truth: Simon, also known as Peter, started following Jesus through a relationship.