So here He is, the Messiah! Jesus Christ in the flesh, the Lamb of God, is standing right in front of you! And He looks at you and asks “What do you want?”
What would you ask? I mean, this is God here! As a religious person, you’re likely to have a whole lot of questions in mind and heart. So many things have happened in your life, and you want to know why. What they all mean. And you want to know what all these passages in Scripture are talking about.
Well, this was the situation with the first two disciples of Christ. They finally meet the Lamb of God, face to face, and He has asked them what they want. Their deep desire is the answer to the question… “Where are you staying?”
What? Are you kidding me? They could have asked so many things, but they want to know where He’ll be sleeping tonight?!
Maybe they were overwhelmed. Maybe they didn’t understand the opportunity before them.
Or maybe they did understand. I don’t think there’s enough information here for us to conclude what was going through their minds. But there is enough information to tell us something about their character.
Jesus answered their question in a way that He often answered questions. With opportunity to learn in ways that a simple answer could not afford. He said “Come, and you will see.”
What did they do? They didn’t press Him to tell them, they followed.
How many times has God said to us “Come, and you will see,” only to have us reply “No, I’d rather an answer now thank you.” I’m not looking to make some deep metaphor out of “Come and see” here. I’m simply trying to consider our response to God. When He calls us beyond the limits of our understanding, calls us to step off of the cliff and out of our lives, how do we respond? Do we continue to push for our selfish desires, for our comfortable Christianity? Or do we walk with Him, following Him whether it’s a leap off of the cliff or to simply see where He’s laying His head that night?
Knowing where Jesus was going to go to sleep was probably not the most exciting thing to learn when faced with God Himself. But they listened to the answer and followed. Not only that, but they took advantage of the opportunity it provided them to bring others to Christ. The first thing Andrew did was run off and tell Peter “It’s Him, it’s the Messiah!” And then he brought Peter to Christ.
What is your question for God? And how are you going to use that answer for the Peters in your life? I hope that we use what He has given us to bring others into the presence of the Messiah.
Those are good thoughts. In the bible, everyone that God used for greatness was called to walk by faith alone. We who know Christ as Savior know that he will transform us into his image. He has a perfect plan for us that cannot be stopped and yet it is hard to to face the uncertainty when the storms of life come. To trust without doubting, you must keep your eyes on Jesus. There is no other way.
I would only ask God why he would choose a broken, rebellious vessel as me for his kingdom? The depths of his love are unfathomable.
Yeah, I know how you feel. I can’t help but feel that there are others far more qualified for the works He has called me to. Maybe it has more to do with God’s qualifications than my own…
And as for those great men and women of old… wow, they were called to walk out in faith in ways that I’ve never heard of people having to today (though likely there are some today who must). But faith without works is dead, and of no value to God. We must WALK in that faith, just as they did, and not simply sit around talking about it.
Thank you for your comments, Marianne.