Thursday, March 7, 2019
Full reading – John 1:19-51
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
Jesus said to two of John’s disciples, “Come and see.” Jesus gave them an invitation to spend time with him. Maybe they came out of curiosity, because they were disciples of John the Baptist, and presumably were interested in what another rabbi had to say. They had a desire to learn more about God, and wanted to hear Jesus’ perspective on spiritual things.
When people come to our church, they too might be curious about God, and what we do here in this church. They may have a particular need that brings them here, and may need help with some issue in their life. There are various times when any one of us may be more open to God’s invitation to “come and see.”
When we seek, we will find, for that is God’s promise to us, from Luke 11:9 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” How may we “come and see” during the season of Lent? God always answers “yes” when we honestly and sincerely ask to learn more about God and his will for our lives. Take intentional time for prayer, more than just a hurried “Help, me, Lord…” Slow down as you read God’s Word, not presuming you know what it says. Go back to re-read key words that touch you in some way, because that is the Holy Spirit nudging you to make it personal for what is going on in your life right now.
God is speaking through his holy Word, if we are ready to receive it and allow it to move us.
Jesus, you are the Lamb – the sacrifice that is perfect and unblemished. You are the Messiah, the Christ my Savior, the only one who may save me from myself. Forgive my blemishes and faults, the stains of my sins. Cleanse me by the cross, for you took my sins upon your shoulders. Help me today to live for you in newness of life. Amen