Friday, March 4, 2022
The First Disciples Follow Jesus
Mary Jo Braddock
John the Baptist was with two of his disciples when he saw Jesus passing by. He said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
John the Baptist’s job was to point people to Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. Today people are looking for someone to give them security and guidance in a fallen world. Our job is to point them to Christ and show that He is the one whom they seek.
When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. One of the two was Andrew and the other was probably John, the author of this book. They were ready to go over to Christ. They heard John the Baptist speak of Christ as the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world and this made them follow Him.
When the two began to follow Jesus, Jesus turned around and saw them following Him. He spoke first. He said, “What seek ye? Come, what have you to say to me?” It was a kind invitation.
If we instruct people in affairs of their souls, we too should be humble, mild, and approachable. The question Christ asked them is what we should ask ourselves when we begin to follow Christ. What seek ye? What do we desire? In following Christ do we seek the favor of God and eternal life?
They said, “Rabbi (which means Teaching Master), where dwellest thou; where is the place of your abode?” In calling Him Rabbi, they inferred that they wanted to be better acquainted with Him, a further communion with Him, to sit down at His feet and be taught by Him.
It is not enough to seek Christ, but we must desire to lodge with Him.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You that You, the Lamb of God, offered Your life to atone for our sins. May we also be mild, open, and humble to those who come to us seeking You. In your name, Amen.