So, get out there and connect people with Christ. Expand your network of converts. Talk about Jesus. Share the good news. Invite people to church. Do whatever you can to win souls for Christ. Jesus came to die for you, will you be a true follower? Will you follow him even if it cost you all you have? If so, you too can be a disciple of Christ.
On February 4, 2004 two 19-year-old students launched a website that allowed other students in their university to share their personal information with their friends. Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin called their nascent social network: The Facebook.
Zuckerberg believed his version was more elegant than Harvard University’s directory where a picture of the student’s mugshot was uploaded along with their data.
Although Zuckerberg proved he was capable of illegally obtaining that information, by hacking the Harvard system, he and Saverin chose rather to launch the site legitimately by getting students to upload their own information voluntarily, which they did in droves. In the first month, more than half the students had offered up their personal data.
What makes this remarkable is that the only way to join the network was to have one student invite another. Zuckerberg shared his own account with a few friends who shared it with a few of their friends who shared it with others until eventually, the whole university was on the network. Then they spread it to other universities and high schools and then, in 2006, Facebook went public. It was now worth $15 billion. By 2011 it was logging 1 trillion page views per month, and it shortly boasted over 2.2 billion active users with 140 billion friend connections and a market valuation of over $200 billion.
And it all started with one guy inviting a few friends who invited a few friends. This is exactly how the kingdom of God was started up…
We have seen John the evangelist present us with two witnesses as to the claims of Jesus. First, we saw the testimony of John the Baptist and then that of the Trinity. Now, John introduces us to a new cohort of witnesses: the first disciples.
1.Commit Yourself to Follow Jesus
John 1:35–37 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
We meet some young men who will make a decision that will change the rest of their lives and their eternities. They had no idea what they were signing up for, but they were sure of one thing: Jesus is the Christ, and come what may, following him was the only appropriate response. This is a convincing element of their confidence in Christ. What they saw had convinced them that Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.
These two disciples, we will find out, are Andrew and John– the writer of this gospel.
John 1:38-39 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.