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15 Jan

170115The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” 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. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). (John 1:29-42, NRSV)

The first thing that Jesus says in the Gospel of John is, “What are you looking for?” But it could have also been “What are you seeking?” or “What do you hope to find?”

In essence, Jesus was asking these 2 disciples of John, “What do you need?”

What do you need? If Jesus were to ask you right now, “What do you need?” What would you say?

The disciples ask Jesus, “Where are you staying?” This is again not a bad translation but maybe not the best. They are asking Jesus where he is dwelling, abiding, remaining. They want to know how they can be with Him.

And Jesus simply says, “Come and See.”

What an invitation. Jesus doesn’t tell the disciples to change their ways. He doesn’t tell them they need some new product to make their lives better. He simply says, “Come and See.”

We see all types of people every day, and they all have different problems and need different things. We have people all over the place telling us if we had this cream or this car, or this computer our lives would be better. But Jesus the one who created the cosmos, merely says, “Come and See.”

You are invited into the inner most circle of the trinity, to come and see. Are you ready to come and see?

Are you ready to stop trying to fix everything around you and give the invitation that Jesus gave? Just come and see.

Just come and see.

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