Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. ~John 1:45-46
Are we excited about introducing people to Jesus? How many people have we introduced to Him? It is not only the actual introduction, but also our own behavior and speech that will want others to eagerly be introduced to Him. Do we go “out of our way” to behave in such a way that would make Jesus proud to be introduced by us? and proud to be “associated with”, by the one being introduced?
There was a man who entered a church many years ago. He was dressed in rags, and had messy hair. When he went into the church, those there looked down on him as if he were a second class citizen if even that. This man stood up in that church as he was leaving and said something to the effect of “If this is how your religion is, your Christ is, I want no part of it.
That man was Mahatma Ghandi… the most powerful teacher of the hindu religion. How powerful a preacher he would be for the cause of Christ, had those in that church treated him as they should have… with the love of God in their hearts… and kindness.
Matt 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Luke 6:44a For every tree is known by his own fruit.
To introduce someone, is to give that audience foretaste: to tell an audience a little about what or whom they are going to see or hear.
How do you introduce Jesus? How do you introduce the other person to Jesus? or do you?
Most of us just tell people ABOUT our Savior, without sharing these “foretastes”… Do we tell Jesus… “Lord, this is Jerry, he is a great person… he has a great sense of humor”, etc., etc., etc. “Jerry, This is Jesus. He is the one who was crucified as I was telling you before”, etc., etc., etc. Most of the time, we just tell the person, “Go to Jesus and pray….” or “Jesus will hear you”… blah, blah, blah!!! What if the person never heard of Him? Do we just assume that they are going to go to a perfect stranger and ask for help? Would you? Not many would. We need that personal one on one introduction.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to do just that. I was visiting at a hospital… just going from room to room saying hello, and comforting and praying with the patients there. One day, when I got there, a young lady was sitting outside on the bench in tears. I went over to her and consoled her the best way I knew how. Then, I told her about our Savior, and literally introduced her to Him… Yes, you read right… I actually went thru the literal introduction… “So and so, this is our Savior, Christ Jesus. Lord, this is So and so.” THAT is how you make introductions; not just telling people ABOUT the one who died for us… but making that literal introduction. Not because Jesus doesn’t know them… but so that the person can come to know Jesus.
Who and how will you introduce your next person to Jesus?