January 16, 2023

John 1:40-41 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). (The Message Bible)

Jesus never had a podcast. In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, the lyricist has Judas muse “Every time I look at you, I don’t understand/ Why you let the things you did get so out of hand/ You’d have managed better if you’d had it planned/ Why’d you choose such a backward time and such a strange land? / If you’d come today, you would have reached a whole nation/ Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication.” As far as we know, Jesus never even wrote any of his thoughts down himself. His ongoing influence was totally dependent on others talking about him and eventually writing about him. The above verse is a glimpse into one way that happened. Still today, most people who say they have faith in him began that faith through the influence of another human. Christianity has always been a person-to-person movement. Where did you hear about Jesus? How have you talked about him?

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