The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is really greater than me because he existed before me.’ Even I didn’t recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified, “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it rested on him. Even I didn’t recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit coming down and resting is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified that this one is God’s Son.” The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?” He replied, “Come and see.” So they went 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 disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ ). He led him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). (John 1:29-42, CEB)
John baptized Jesus and saw the Spirit descend and then he told the world.
And while John and his disciples were standing around, Jesus walked by and when John said who he was two of John’s disciples followed after Jesus, and what did Jesus say/ask?
As followers of Jesus, it is our calling to share the good news of Jesus with the world. We are to share the love God has given us, but what do we see Christians sharing? Is it love, or is it change or burn? I see both. I feel like society sees the later more than the first though.
That is why it is interesting what Jesus says to the disciples of John that are following him. “What are you looking for?” The simple question Jesus asks.
Jesus didn’t tell them to change, or that if they were sinners they would not see the kingdom. He asked what they were looking for and when they said where are you staying, he invited them to come and see. How simple.
How many people have you invited to come and see? We have seen and heard that Jesus is the Son of God, come to us to teach us to love, and we need to testify and share that with the world, and the way we do that is by saying come and see.
Love People by sharing the love you have been given and inviting them to come and see.
Loving People. Loving God.