John 12:20-21 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
So here’s the question – in the course of life, someone comes up to you and says: "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." What do you do? Chances are that the first thing that comes to mind is panic, and in the face of that panic of not knowing what to do you utter this prayer – "Lord, please keep this from ever happening to me." For some reason we are unprepared to deal with this question – although I am not certain why. Its not that God hasn’t warned us that this could happen.
And its more than it "could" happen – throughout the scripture God has been revealing that is is likely to happen – we even know the language – God blesses us, so that we can be a blessing to others.
Isaiah 11:10 In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious.
Isaiah 42:6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
Isaiah 49:6 he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."
Isaiah 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory,
Sure, we know that the call to discipleship is a call to become fishers of men. But sometimes I think that we really aren’t planning on catching anything . . . after all, if we did – what would we do?
And that’s where we find our help – for Philip didn’t know quite what to do, so he went to his friend Andrew, you see it was Andrew who had brought Philip to Jesus in the first place. And Andrew knew just what to do, he brought them all to see Jesus.
These days there is a lot of talk about mentoring – and it boils down to this – you know have found the way, you have an obligation to show others the way. And if the world can see the wisdom of this – and the world is blinded by sin – certainly the church should be a leader in this.
You see, the great commission calls us to make disciples of all mankind – and the job of discipleship is not done when someone comes to Jesus – rather it is done when people who have come to Jesus are ready to go out and make disciples of all nations.
We don’t have much in the way of a formal plan of how to do this – but we do have something – it is the sponsors at baptism – who promise to pray for the child, and to encourage that child in faith – and see to it, that the child not only knows how to find Jesus, but also – that they know how to bring others to Jesus.
So how do we bring someone to Jesus? Why we bring them to the cross. In the cross they see their Savior. We plant the seeds which God has given us, confident that God will cause them to grow. And those seeds are the scripture – for we have the promise of God –
Isaiah 55:11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.