Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37 KJV)
In the Movie, Deliver Us From Eva, LL Cool J is hired by three men to woe a woman away from her sister. Her brother-in-laws have described her as a devil from hell. Before meeting her, LL agrees to woe Eva, played by Gabrielle Union and take her away from her sisters so the brother-in-laws can have more influence over their wives. However, when he actually meets Eva, LL is awestruck. He cannot deceive her because he finds her altogether lovely and now wants to spend his entire life with her. So immediately, the plan is foiled because LL Cool J has made a decision to love Eva. It was a radical, costly decision, not logical, critical, or methodical. His heart and head joined together to attain the woman of his dreams. That was an irrational move.
This passage illustrates clearly how irrational following Jesus can be. Here we have two disciples of John the Baptist upon being made known who Jesus is immediately walk away from John to follow Jesus. They move without forethought, without going on a retreat, without having to pray about it, they move without consulting anyone else, they simply walk away from their past life and begin to follow Jesus. There is something to be said for people who have a sense of when to move forward and do so with clarity of purpose. These two disciples wanted to know Jesus in a more personal way and so they left John’s ministry to go with Jesus. They didn’t even know where Jesus lived or what Jesus was about. They had not even heard one message from Jesus to justify their actions. When John the Baptist identified Jesus as the one promised in the scriptures, the Messiah, something in their heart resonated with that proclamation and they responded in radical fashion.
The fact of the matter is some of us are just too cautious about changing when clearly the time for change has come. We procrastinate just because procrastination is what we do. But when you meet Jesus, Jesus calls for action, immediate, swift, decisive action. Either you love him or you don’t but you can’t just sit around and think about it. This morning Jesus is looking for radical disciples, those who will throw caution to the wind and follow him with their whole hearts.
Critical thinking has its place, reasoned thought has its place, but when the gospel is preached, when you meet The Lord Jesus Christ, your mind and heart births faith to believe or reproach to reject Jesus. Paul put it this way in Romans 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16, 17 KJV).
God’s salvific action is revealed “from faith to faith” from person to person. What Jesus needs is somebody like John, somebody like Andrew who will witness as to who Jesus is. Andrew first concern was his brother and goes looking for Simon and exclaims, “We have found the Messiah” and then brings Simon to Jesus. By the preponderance of the scholarship regarding this statement John also finds his brother James and brings him to Jesus. Thus, John brings his brother James, Andrew brings his brother Simon and the first four disciples begin to follow Jesus.
God demands a response from each one of us when Jesus is proclaimed as the Messiah. It is a response based on faith not logic, not critical thinking, not being persuaded by scientific inquiry, but being instantly converted by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God demands an instant, unequivocal, irrevocable response, either I will follow Jesus or I will not follow Jesus. All who try to procrastinate, put off, or reason, end up not following Jesus. But when you follow Jesus, you become a new person. I want to ask you, what will your response be to the gospel of Jesus Christ?