John 1:43
Jesus asks Andrew, "What seek ye?" and the question soon shows fruit in Andrew seeking out his own brother Simon. The New Testament deals with spiritual things, but that does not prevent it from being full of natural touches. What Andrew did is just the very thing which in like circumstances we might have been expected to do. And surely it is the most reasonable of conjectures that Andrew, who began by bringing his own brother, must have been the bringer also of many who were mere strangers. Interest in natural kinsmen would soon be merged in the wider interest a Christian must feel in humanity at large. Peter was Andrew's first gift to Jesus, and he may have been the easiest. To bring a human being into real, loving contact with Jesus is not an easy thing; but what a service, what a blessing and a joy, to every one concerned!

I. Andrew was able to bring Peter to Jesus because HE HAD FIRST OF ALL BEEN BROUGHT HIMSELF. Andrew had first of all been himself the subject of spiritual illumination. God must have shined in his heart to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He had been brought to Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. The acquaintance had been very short, but a great deal may be done in a short time when the human heart has been getting ready to meet with Christ, when there is perfect openness and simplicity of mind - truth on one side and an eager seeker after it on the other. To get other people as far as Peter, we must first of all have got as far as Andrew ourselves. How should the blind lead the blind? We must not wait for an Andrew. God has his own agency for us. He may send some John the Baptist, saving, "Behold!" to us. We must consider well the obstacles in our way to Jesus, which none can remove but ourselves - procrastination, bosom sins, spiritual indolence, neglect 'of the Scriptures.

II. CONSIDER WHO IT WAS THAT ANDREW BROUGHT. his own brother Simon. So natural brotherhood is distinguished from that spiritual brotherhood which afterwards sprang into existence as regenerated believers in Christ felt the strong tie binding them together. What brother ought not to be to brother, and yet what he may very easily become, is shown from Cain and Abel, and Joseph and his brethren. What brother ought to be to brother is shown in this seeking of Simon by Andrew. Great opportunities are given by natural brotherhood, mutually cherished. Give every good thing in nature a chance to become also a minister of grace.

III. CONSIDER WHAT ANDREW SAID TO PETER. "We have found the Messiah." This is as much good news for us as it was for Peter. What Andrew said he said at first, after a very brief acquaintance; but he would go on saying it all the more as day after day opened up the riches of Messiah's mission and power. Observe the plural form of the announcement. The other disciple agreed with Andrew in his judgment. Look out for those and listen to them who bear the same message as Andrew, though not in quite the same form. We have words and acts of Jesus constantly forced on our attention. If we cannot be brought to Jesus, Jesus is brought to us. All bringing of men to Jesus must be preceded, more or less, by bringing of Jesus to men. Andrew must have brought such a vivid and powerful account of his talk with Jesus as would amount practically tea bringing of Jesus. - Y.







Jesus... findeth Phillip.
I. MAN'S MORAL CHARACTER DETERMINES HIS DESTINY. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" in his —

1. Experience, whether happy or miserable.

2. Prospects, whether terrific or inviting.

3. Influence, whether useful or pernicious.

4. Relations.

(1)To God, whether approved or condemned.

(2)To the universe, whether a blessing or a curse.

II. MAN'S MORAL CHARACTER IS FORMED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF IMITATION. This is seen in children, and the Romans, recognizing this, placed in their vestibules the busts of great men, so that the young might be reminded of their virtues. The seed of a child's action is not teaching, but deeds.

III. THE FORMATION OF A GOOD CHARACTER REQUIRES A PERFECT MODEL. Sir Joshua Reynolds found after years of study that he had been imitating, not Titian, whom he desired to make his model, but a forger. After this he resolved to make nature his model, and thus became a great master of his art. According to his model, so will a man be. One reason why human character is so depraved is because the perfect model is little known and less appreciated.

IV. THE ONLY PERFECT MODEL IS JESUS CHRIST. Who is the most imitable character?

1. He who has the strongest power to command admiration.

2. He who is most transparent in character.

3. He who is most unchangeable in the spirit which animates him.Conclusion: Follow Me.

1. This is an epitome of the moral laws of God.

2. Herein is man's life and perfection.

3. Imitate Christ by inbreathing His moral spirit.

(D. Thomas, D. D.)

No trumpet summoned the soldiers of the Cross to the battle-field; no hand like that at Belshazzar's feast came forth to beckon him; no miracle made them take up a distinctive post. And, yet, what a call this was! how noble, singular, useful, profitable I Such a call came to Judas, and he sold it.

I. THE ORIGIN OF THIS CALL WAS THE WILL OF CHRIST. Jesus "goes forth" in search of every sinner. But the mere "going forth" of Christ is not enough. There must be an exercise of His secret power. This power is pervasive, leavening, and so works upon man's free-will that it comes into union with the heavenly will. Without this there can be no discipleship.

II. THE POSITION IN WHICH THIS CALL PLACES THE PERSON BY WHOM IT IS RECOGNIZED AND OBEYED. It makes him follower, and when man becomes a follower —

1. He abridges his right over himself, his property, time, etc.

2. He sets aside his own wisdom, and accepts that of His Master.

3. He follows always, even unto the end.

III. IN THIS CALL THERE IS —

1. Exclusiveness, jealous refusal to admit of any division of the heart.

2. Mystery.

(1)It separates us from the nothingness and delusions of the world.

(2)It joins us to the invisible and heavenly.

(3)It opens up new hopes, scenes, and sources of immeasurable wealth.

(P. B. Power, M. A.)

Homiletic Monthly.
The command is for instant obedience. A common objection is, "I have no confidence in my future strength. I must wait until I am stronger before I profess to have devoted my whole life to Christ." Reply —

I. YOU ARE LIVING ONLY IN THE PRESENT. The future is not. For you there may be no earthly future, for you may die to-night. Your responsibility is for the now.

II. DUTIES WILL COME NOT IN THE MASS, BUT ONE BY ONE. Strength for each is all you will need.

III. YOU WILL GROW STRONG FOR COMING DUTIES ONLY AS YOU PERFORM PRESENT ONES. No one can step to the top of the pyramids; but he can climb one block; and from that he can reach another. Says Robert Browning: "I see a duty and do it not, and therefore see no higher."

IV. GOD'S GRACE IS PROMISED ONLY FOR TIME OF NEED. No man to-day can be prepared for tomorrow's duties.

V. GOD'S STRENGTH IS OUR ONLY STRENGTH, AND THAT IS PLEDGED. "I will be with you even to the end of the world." He "will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape."

(Homiletic Monthly.)

It is related in the annals Of the Ottoman Empire that when Amurath

II. died, which was very suddenly, his son and destined successor, Mohammed, was about a day's journey distant in Asia Minor. Every day of interregnum in that fierce and turbulent monarchy is attended with peril. The death of the deceased Sultan was therefore concealed, and a secret message despatched to the prince to hasten at once to the capital. On receiving the message he leaped on a powerful Arab charger, and turning to his attendants, said, "Let him who loves me, follow!" This prince afterwards became one of the most powerful sovereigns of the Ottoman line. Those who approved their courage and loyalty by following him in this critical moment of his fortunes, were magnificently rewarded. There is another Prince — the Prince of peace — who says to those around Him, "Let him who loves Me, follow."

Faith includes works; loyalty involves service; love carries devotedness. It is not merely that, if we have trust in another, we ought to conform our conduct to the directions or suggestions or wishes or example of the trusted one; but it is that, if our trust is a reality, it will show itself in our conduct. It is folly for a child to tell of his love for his mother if he has no regard to her wishes; it is folly for a patient to say that he believes in his physician if he pays no attention to that physician's prescription; it is folly for a soldier to say that he is devoted to a commander whom he will not obey in the heat of a campaign; it is folly for a man to say he has faith in Jesus if he does not seek to follow Jesus. Jesus says, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments."

(H. G. Trumbull, D. D.)

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