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.
What do you hear in this story? What stands out for you and catches your attention?
Why do you think John’s disciples abandoned John and started following Jesus? (Can you picture the scene? John and some disciples hanging out, maybe on the edge of town, maybe on the path down to the river…a guy walks by, John exclaims, and the two disciples start walking off down the road behind Jesus!)
Why do you think Jesus asks “What are you looking for?” What are the disciples looking for? If it were you, what would you be looking for?
Why did the disciples ask “where are you staying?” It seems like a strange thing to ask. If you could ask Jesus a question, what would it be?
“come and see.” That’s the heart of the matter, isn’t it? The disciples came and saw…and stayed.
How do you hear, see, and learn? What stands in the way of your hearing, seeing, or learning? What obstacles keep you from coming and seeing and staying?
Psalm 119 says “with my whole heart I seek you”–which sounds like what these disciples did. They were seeking God, and so whole-heartedly that they left the known, their beloved rabbi, at the hint of one who could bring them closer to God. How do you seek God? With your whole heart? half-heartedly? accidentally?
Whatever the status of our seeking, Jesus asks us to “come and see.” How will we do that today?