Day 06: John 1:35-42
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).
John 1:35-42 (NRSV)
John the Baptist is standing with two of his followers one day when Jesus walks by. John excitedly tells them that the man they see walking by, Jesus, is the Lamb of God! He is the one they have been waiting for! Jesus even asks them what they are looking for, and they essentially tell him, “We want to come follow you and be with you. We want your life to rub off on us.”
And while it is true that the disciples were seeking Jesus, it is also wonderfully true that Jesus was seeking them. Back then, at the onset of his earthly ministry, Jesus was seeking people who would follow him. And he continues to seek today. This is what we call prevenient grace--it is the grace that comes before we even know we need it.
And perhaps you have come here today to read this Lenten blog, and you are seeking Jesus. And the wonderful truth for you is...He is seeking you, too!
Brad Taylor, Executive Pastor