Scripture: John 1:29-42
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
One of the things I like most about this passage is that we’re actually getting to meet Jesus for the second time. In the beginning of the chapter, we met him as the eternal Word of God. Now, we meet him in the flesh. He is Rabbi. And while John the Baptist wants everyone in earshot to know of Jesus’ divinity and purpose, Jesus appears content in his role as teacher. Notice that he doesn’t ever really respond to John’s acclaim. Yet, he does react to the curiosity of John’s two disciples. They are looking for the place where God’s own Son, the savior of the world, dwells. They’re looking for that place because they know that it’s where they need to be.
I believe we would do well as the church to maintain that same sense of curiosity as John’s disciples. Where is Jesus staying? Are we interested in finding out? Just as he did with those disciples, Jesus has invited us to come and see where those places are. “Come and see” – such vagueness might sound scary to you, or maybe it sounds adventurous. Perhaps you’re surprised that it might not be exactly where you are. To go and see where Jesus is requires movement and action. It insists upon a curiosity to know Christ more fully. And it asks that we not get too comfortable where we are. To accept this invitation, we must accept that no matter where we are, we need to be where Jesus is more. The curiosity has risks, but when we seek out the places where Christ is, we come face to face with Jesus in the people and places where his grace is at work.
Christ our teacher, you have invited us all to come and see those places where you dwell. Inspire in me the desire to join you there, not because you need me, but because I need you. Amen.
Thought for the Day:
Don’t be afraid to be curious.