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Waiting for Jesus to walk by
John 1.35-36 – 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!”
Notice that John and two of his friends were standing in a place where they expected to see Jesus (verse 35). Readers of this article can imitate John and his friends by prayerfully reading the Gospel of John, standing ready to meet Jesus.
How do people usually see Jesus “walking by”? Preachers, worship leaders, and teachers point to Jesus and say, “Here he is.” This is one way of meeting Jesus. Matthew 25 gives us another way of seeing Jesus “walk by” our lives. In the presence of the migrant, the prisoner, and the vulnerable we can see Jesus, too.
Jesus’ invitation: “Come and see”
John 1.37-39 – 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.
Jesus’ first recorded words in John are, “What are you looking for?” Great question! What are we looking for in life? Like the disciples, many don’t know the answer to that question. Jesus invites us to “come and see” as a way to discover what we really want in life.
Over 50 years ago, I was sitting in a small Baptist church when Jesus “walked by” my life. I sensed his invitation to “come and see” what he was really about. I responded by telling him that I would follow him. A very simple prayer from my heart has set me on a joyous journey with Jesus as my personal friend.
Please don’t miss Jesus’ invitation to you. When he comes by and invites you to know him more deeply, please take him up on the offer and stay with him.
One beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.
John 1.40-42 – 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[k] to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
I became a personal friend of Jesus when I was 18. The last 50+ years of my life have been as good as life can get. Yes, I’ve had struggles and problems, but life has truly been good. None of my good life is deserved. It is a pure gift from our loving God.
One of my greatest joys in life is sharing God’s love with others. I am truly a beggar who gets to tell other beggars where the bread/life is.
Dear God, thank you that you desire a life with us. Today, when you say to me “come and see,” I will do just that. I will follow you to know you better and to experience your abundant life. The words, “thank you,” are too small to express my appreciation for who you are.
If you have never followed Jesus, he may be using this article to help you recognize how close he is to your life. Receive his invitation to come and see what he is all about. You won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.