Our scripture this week is John 1:29-42.
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.
People were drawn to Jesus, not only through the words of John the Baptist but by feeling a pull, a movement of the spirit within them that led them to follow Him. Two of John’s disciples asked Jesus where He was staying and He replied “Come and see” (verse 39). Jesus invited them to continue to be a part of God’s work. The first step was learning from John, now that Jesus had begun His ministry, they would learn much more.
We needn’t feel sad for John, that his disciples left to follow Jesus. John himself said “the one who comes after me is greater”, indicating that it is right to follow Jesus. John tells people that they will “graduate” from his teachings and begin their new studies under the Master.
Are you ready for new studies? Even if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior He still has much to teach us. Let us open our minds and our hearts to His word that we may be closer to Him and even more useful to His kingdom.
Gracious God, help us to better hear and apply the lessons you send. Help us to see the things you have gifted us to do and go into the world to accomplish them in Your name. Amen.