VIENS ET VOIS JESUS TOI MEME COME AND SEE JESUS FOR YOURSELF

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SUNDAY APRIL 11TH 2021

Sermon by Pastor Marc Simeon

VIENS ET VOIS JÉSUS TOI-MÊME

COME AND SEE JESUS FOR YOURSELF

JEAN 1: 40-50

40 André, frère de Simon Pierre, était l’un des deux qui avaient entendu les paroles de Jean, et qui avaient suivi Jésus.

 41 Ce fut lui qui rencontra le premier son frère Simon, et il lui dit: Nous avons trouvé le Messie (ce qui signifie Christ).

 42 Et il le conduisit vers Jésus. Jésus, l’ayant regardé, dit: Tu es Simon, fils de Jonas; tu seras appelé Céphas (ce qui signifie Pierre).

 43 ¶ Le lendemain, Jésus voulut se rendre en Galilée, et il rencontra Philippe. Il lui dit: Suis-moi.

 44 Philippe était de Bethsaïda, de la ville d’André et de Pierre.

 45 Philippe rencontra Nathanaël, et lui dit: Nous avons trouvé celui de qui Moïse a écrit dans la loi et dont les prophètes ont parlé, Jésus de Nazareth, fils de Joseph.

 46 Nathanaël lui dit: Peut-il venir de Nazareth quelque chose de bon? Philippe lui répondit: Viens, et vois.

 47 Jésus, voyant venir à lui Nathanaël, dit de lui: Voici vraiment un Israélite, dans lequel il n’y a point de fraude.

 48 D’où me connais-tu? lui dit Nathanaël. Jésus lui répondit: Avant que Philippe t’appelât, quand tu étais sous le figuier, je t’ai vu.

 49 Nathanaël répondit et lui dit: Rabbi, tu es le Fils de Dieu, tu es le roi d’Israël.

 50 Jésus lui répondit: Parce que je t’ai dit que je t’ai vu sous le figuier, tu crois; tu verras de plus grandes choses que celles-ci.

 51 Et il lui dit: En vérité, en vérité, vous verrez désormais le ciel ouvert et les anges de Dieu monter et descendre sur le Fils de l’homme.

INTRODUCTION

  • In this short body of the Scriptures we find many notable people, all of whom have impacted the spread of the Gospel in one way or another.
  • nowadays, people don’t seem to pay too much attention to the legacy that is tagged to their names.
  • Back in the days, having a good name was of good value.
  • Jesus needed some notable people to help launch his ministry.
  • The platform of John the Baptist was paramount to Jesus since John had already made a respected name for himself.
  • Others were important to Jesus not just on account of their own contributions, but by the people they introduced to Jesus.
  • It remains the same as we speak; many are serving God today on account of someone they respected who has introduced them to Jesus.
  • We will be dropping some big names today in the message.
  • You will hear the names of John the Baptist, Andrew, Simon, Phillip, Nathanael  and (Bartholomew)

DEVELOPMENT

 JOHN THE BAPTIST

  • The first notable figure in this passage is John the Baptist.
  • John was sold out for the cause of God and lived a solitary life in the desert.
  • John was prophesied in the Old Testament to become the forerunner of Christ although the two were not formally introduced until adulthood.
  • John made a reputation for himself as a defiant preacher and as the baptizer.
  • The people flooded John in the desert to be baptized.
  • John was given a special anointing from God to bring the hearts of the Jewish people back to their God.
  • The mission of John the Baptist was to pave the way for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • John was frequently asked whether he was the messiah.
  • In each reply, John convinced them that he was not the Messiah.
  • John said, “I am just a voice that cries in the desert making plane the way of the Lord and announcing the arrival of the judgment of God.”
  • John avowed that the Christ was far greater than him.
  • John told them that he was not even worthy to untie the shoes of the Messiah.
  • John put them in readiness for the Messiah, and then he introduced the Messiah to them.
  • To understand the great importance of the role of John, next time you pick up a book, look in the first pages and on the back to see the names of the people who have forwarded that book.
  • You will find household names, people of great value, and respectable names of people who wrote a sentence or two about the author and the content of the people.
  • Most books are read on account of those people who have forwarded the book.
  • With the platform that John had made for himself by being a fearless and unflattering preacher, people were convinced that John was telling the truth when he introduced Jesus with such great esteem.

ANDREW

JEAN 1 : 35 Le lendemain, Jean était encore là, avec deux de ses disciples;

 36 et, ayant regardé Jésus qui passait, il dit: Voilà l’Agneau de Dieu.

 37 ¶ Les deux disciples l’entendirent prononcer ces paroles, et ils suivirent Jésus.

40 André, frère de Simon Pierre, était l’un des deux qui avaient entendu les paroles de Jean, et qui avaient suivi Jésus.

 41 Ce fut lui qui rencontra le premier son frère Simon, et il lui dit: Nous avons trouvé le Messie (ce qui signifie Christ).

 42 Et il le conduisit vers Jésus. Jésus, l’ayant regardé, dit: Tu es Simon, fils de Jonas; tu seras appelé Céphas (ce qui signifie Pierre).

  • Although Andrew was one of the core disciples of Jesus, one of the first two to be recruited as Jesus followers.
  • Andrew’s name went in the shadow with respect to his famous brother named Simon but he was a senior to Simon as far as meeting the Lord was concerned.
  • Andrew heard John’s words concerning Jesus.
  • Andrew heard John’s confirmation of Jesus.
  • Andrew was so convinced that he had spotted the Messiah that he left John to go after Jesus.
  • Andrew introduced a key person to Jesus.
  • Andrew knew the zeal of his big brother Simon; Andrew broke the news to him that they had found the Messiah.
  • From that point on Andrew’s picture had dropped from the front page but his influence lived on.
  • Peter was immediately recruited by Jesus as the right hand of Jesus.
  • The name of Simon was changed to Cephas meaning Peter.
  • Peter will later be invited to be in close encounter with Jesus whereas Andrew will be excluded, nonetheless, it was Andrew who got them together.
  • We need to learn a lesson from that.
  • The future best disciples of Jesus may not even know Jesus as we speak, but it is your job to introduce them to Jesus.
  • Don’t be jealous when you see them achieving higher rank than you in their intimacy with the Lord.

PHILLIP

  • Phillip is again another disciple that did not get a lot of coverage in the Scriptures although he was influential.
  • Phillip was of the same town of Peter and Andrew, but it was Jesus who handpicked him.
  • After the resurrection of Lazarus, people approached Philip so that he could facilitate them to see Jesus.
  • Phillip was the one who asked Jesus: “Show us the Father.”
  • Phillip will be known as Andrew for introducing a very important person to Jesus named Nathanael.

NATHANAEL

  • Nathanael was an exceptionally righteous person.
  • Philip met Nathanael and told him about Jesus.
  • When Nathanael got instructed about the town that Jesus was from, he was turned off.
  • Can any good come out of Nazareth? He replied.

Jean 1 :45 Philippe rencontra Nathanaël, et lui dit: Nous avons trouvé celui de qui Moïse a écrit dans la loi et dont les prophètes ont parlé, Jésus de Nazareth, fils de Joseph.

 46 Nathanaël lui dit: Peut-il venir de Nazareth quelque chose de bon? Philippe lui répondit: Viens, et vois.

  • You cannot blame people for losing hope on people from a certain geographical location.
  • Wherever evil is condoned and not confronted, the whole town will bear a bad name.
  • Sometimes a whole country may bear a bad name on account of some bad seeds.
  • Being a righteous man himself, Nathanael became indignant and resentful toward evildoers and Nazareth was full of them.
  • You yearn to hear something about your country, each time you hear the news, you hear the contrary.
  • Each time you encounter your countrymen in business circles or in private, you end up being disappointed.
  • After a while, you can become convinced that the whole town, state, country is damned.
  • Philip could not argue with the point that Nathanael was making, he simply said: “Come see Him for yourself.”
  • That’s all we can do sometimes after the Christian faith had been so stained by many wolves in sheep’s clothing.
  • When people don’t want nothing to do with God on account of some evil so-called Christians, all you can tell them is to go and experiment Jesus for their own selves.

47 Jésus, voyant venir à lui Nathanaël, dit de lui: Voici vraiment un Israélite, dans lequel il n’y a point de fraude.

 48 D’où me connais-tu? lui dit Nathanaël. Jésus lui répondit: Avant que Philippe t’appelât, quand tu étais sous le figuier, je t’ai vu.

  • Jesus admired the righteousness of Nathanael.
  • Notice that Nathanael first took the statement of Jesus as an act of flattery.
  • You don’t even know me, how can you make such a statement?
  • Jesus had to give Nathanael some more clues before he became convinced that Phillip had indeed told the truth.
  • We need to be a little patient with the skeptics, some of them will become the best Christians of tomorrow.
  • Be aware of those who just accept everything that is said without asking questions.

49 Nathanaël répondit et lui dit: Rabbi, tu es le Fils de Dieu, tu es le roi d’Israël.

 50 Jésus lui répondit: Parce que je t’ai dit que je t’ai vu sous le figuier, tu crois; tu verras de plus grandes choses que celles-ci.

 51 Et il lui dit: En vérité, en vérité, vous verrez désormais le ciel ouvert et les anges de Dieu monter et descendre sur le Fils de l’homme.

  • To Jesus Nathanael was a worthy investment, although he was prejudiced at first.
  • Some people will make the best of Christians if they find out that the Christian faith for real.
  • The name Nathanael got disappeared after that first encounter with Jesus.
  • Many believe that Jesus might have changed his name to Bartholomew when he became a disciple.
  • His former name reappeared after the resurrection in John 21:2

Joh 21:1 ¶ After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself:

 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.

Joh 21:1 ¶ Après cela, Jésus se montra encore aux disciples, sur les bords de la mer de Tibériade. Et voici de quelle manière il se montra.

 2 Simon Pierre, Thomas, appelé Didyme, Nathanaël, de Cana en Galilée, les fils de Zébédée, et deux autres disciples de Jésus, étaient ensemble.

CONCLUSION

  • As we summarize the sermon today, I want to draw your attention to the many lessons we have learned in John chapter 1 verses 15 to 50
  • We saw the ministry of John the Baptist who became a strong tower in his time.
  • We saw his gracious and humble surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ at the mercy of his own reputation and ministry.
  • He never once wanted to be crowned messiah because he knew that he wasn’t.
  • We saw the convincing power of a good referral.
  • We saw that the model of the advancement of the Gospel is by word of mouth referral.
  • We saw the selflessness in two of the disciples of Jesus.
  • We saw that Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Christ only to see Peter occupying a greater role than him in the kingdom of God.
  • We saw the same selflessness in Philip who went and introduced Jesus to Nathanael.
  • Nathanael was a man of a great reputation who immediately got the attention of Jesus and of whom Jesus uttered the noblest of words.
  • The presence of Nathanael might have done more than that of Phillip in convincing people that Jesus was indeed who He said He was.
  • We saw that some people will need a demonstration in order to be convinced of the truth of the Gospel.
  • Let’s just rewrite the story in a negative way and see what happens.
  • Let’s say that John the Baptist spent all his time promoting and securing his own ministry, fearing that another might surpass him and steal his disciples from him.
  • In that case, Jesus would be seen as a threat to John and he would fail on his mission as a forerunner to introduce the Messiah to the masses.
  •         
  • There are a lot of preachers who are busy casting doubts on other preachers all for the sake of their own ministry, denomination, or seniority in the mission and not for the Lord’s sake.
  • Let’s say Andrew feared Peter’s likeability and kept the news to himself fearing that his brother would steal the spotlight from him.
  • Think of Philip who by obsession of seniority refused to introduce a better than him to the Lord.
  • Jesus would not have been able to have an effective ministry.
  • Jesus would remain in the shadows making efforts to get the attention of the people.
  • There would not be the first sermon of Pentecost by Simon Peter.
  • There would not be the twelve core disciples.
  • Advancing the kingdom of God is still better done by word of mouth.
  • Take time to introduce your brother, your sister, your father, your mother, your cousin, your nephews, your aunties, your uncles, your friends, and your coworkers to Jesus.
  • Wish that all of them surpass you in deeds in the kingdom of God.
  • Be patient with those who are reluctant to God and religion, they too make some of the best disciples when they become saved.
  • Don’t worry when God entrusts someone who came after you a bigger role in the kingdom.
  • So long that the name of God is glorified, you should be at peace with the means that God chooses to make avail.
  • To God be the glory! Jesus is preached and the world is saved.
  • AMEN!

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