Today’s Reading: John 1:35-42a
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 6:1-7:9; 1 Peter 2:13-25

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). (John 1:40-41)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. John the Baptizer spoke. Andrew listened. John declared: “Behold the Lamb of God.” And Andrew followed Jesus. But he didn’t come alone. He brought his brother to hear Jesus. That sums up Christian evangelism pretty well. Hear Jesus’ Word. Receive Jesus’ Word. Point others to Jesus’ Word.

So, what did Andrew tell his brother, Simon? “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. What does this mean? Christ isn’t Jesus’ last name. It’s a title: the Anointed, the Chosen, the Coming One.

The Pentateuch, the Psalms, and the Prophets all foretold of this Coming One, this Messiah, the Christ. That’s what prophets do. They point to you to Jesus. “Behold the Lamb of God,” says John the Baptizer to Andrew and to you. Jesus is the Christ. He is Andrew’s Savior and yours. Jesus is anointed for death in His baptism in the Jordan—chosen to rescue you from sin and death. Jesus comes to take your sin to the cross.

So, the Church Year ends as it began. Jesus comes to you and for you. It was true in His first Advent and it will be true at His second Advent. And yet it’s also true as we wait for Jesus, the One who is to Come. Even now, Jesus advents (comes) among us.

Like John the Baptizer, your pastor points you to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Behold, the Lamb of God who drowns your sin. Behold, the Lamb of God who absolves your iniquities. Behold, the Lamb of God who speaks life to you in His Word. Behold, the Lamb of God who feeds you with forgiveness and salvation with His Supper.

And then, like Andrew, we declare to friends, family, and neighbors, “We have found the Messiah, here, in water, word, bread, and wine! Behold, the Lamb of God is here for you!” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

All praise, O Lord, for Andrew, The first to welcome you, Whose witness to his brother Named You Messiah true. May we, with hearts kept open To You throughout the year, Confess to friend and neighbor Your advent ever near. (By All Your Saints in Warfare, LSB 517:5)

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