Jesus, the Deliverer. He’s the One who asks, “How can I help you?”
Here’s what the bible has to say.
Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.
2 Corinthians 1:9-10
Andrew essentially says to Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah. Christ, the deliverer. Peter, let me be blunt. You need deliverance. Frankly, you’re a hot head. You’re impatient. You’re always gets mad when we don’t catch fish.”
Look at the first thing that Jesus does with Simon. He changes his name from Simon to Peter, which means rock.
Now make no mistake – Peter was anything but a rock at this time. He was impulsive and unstable. But read the book of Acts. By the time Jesus gets done delivering him, he is the pillar of the church.
So … why would Jesus build His church on a hothead? Why would he rename such an unstable person as “Rock”? Jesus named him not for what he was, but for what he would be. That’s how Jesus works!
TOMORROW WE’LL TALK ABOUT JESUS’ PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WILL BE.
Yesterday, we saw how Jesus took Simon, a flawed, impulsive man with a quick temper, and called him Peter, which means “rock.” Jesus did this not because of who Peter was, but who he would become.
That’s the one thing I want you to take from this series. Jesus sees you in the same way – not for who you are, but for who you will be.
He’s our deliverer. And like a personal trainer, He sees our potential, and He changes us.
That’s always been my vision for Crossroads. We say it all the time: “Crossroads is a hospital, not a museum.” It’s not a place where shiny perfect people sit on pristine shelves, never to be touched. It’s where sick and broken people come to be healed. It’s a place of change. You come in one way, and you leave transformed!
We want to be the Andrews of life, bringing our brothers and sisters to Jesus for transformation. Bringing our neighbors, children and friends to Jesus for healing.
There are a number of ways you can be like Andrew.
- LifeGroups, where we gather regularly to experience Jesus by sharing testimonies, caring and praying for each other, and loving one another.
- Crossroads Kids Preschool, where children come to learn who Jesus is, and learn how to be a friend.
- The Free Medical Clinic, where we offer physical healing through the loving efforts of professional medical practitioners at no cost to patients.
- Operation Christmas Eve, where we bring gifts to people who are forced to work on Christmas eve, just because we love them.
- Meals from the Heartland, where we gather to package more than 100,000 nutritious meals for hungry people all over the world.
- Single Moms’ Morning Out, where we offer love and support for single mothers and their children in central Iowa.
- The Ultimate Journey, where we come together to discover a path that takes us from a life of wandering to a place where God wants us to be.
- NYPD (Norwalk Youth Pursuing Discipleship), our youth program that prepares young people for life by bringing them closer to the Lord.
These are just a few of the ways we can bring people to Jesus. There are more. Please look throughout the website to discover all the ways you can be like Andrew.
TOMORROW, WE’LL CONCLUDE THIS SHORT SERIES BY TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN COME TO KNOW HIM MORE.