Scripture: John 1:29-42
Key verses: (35–42) The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 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).
Reflection: This is one of the most awkward conversations in scripture! Jesus walked by John the Baptist and it was like he was a rock-star. John’s disciples followed him so closely that Jesus turned and said, “What are you looking for?”. Caught!
What a powerful question Jesus asks and they are like, “um”, “ah”,” well’, “where are you staying?”. Haven’t we all been there? When you just don’t have the words because really you just want to hang out with the person asking the question? They must have been thrilled when Jesus invites them to “come and see.”
We have to look at the words “to stay”. The disciples did not want to unpack what Jesus was teaching or get spiritual wisdom. They were not looking for a 3-point leadership development plan. They wanted to see where he was going to be, so they could be present with him.
The encounter with Jesus is what mattered. To remain in his presence. They wanted to get to know Jesus. This week, how can we remain in the presence of Jesus?
Prayer: Slow us down today, God,
and whisper a word or two – or more,
quiet our mind and heart …
May we be present with Jesus
Remain with him and remember. Slow us down today God,
And be with us. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].