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Bible Passage John 1: 35-39
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book John.

Come and see

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 1, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
35 The next day, John was standing there again with two of his disciples.

36 As he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 But when Jesus turned around and saw them following, he asked them, “What are you looking for?” They asked him, “Rabbi,” , “where are you staying?”

39 He told them, “Come and see!” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

BACKGROUND
John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus who had preached repentance to the people and baptized them. Before the inception of Jesus, John had already won people’s hearts. He knew his work and the boundaries and acted the same without any form of jealousy and envy. Before the ministry of Jesus, John has already established himself with disciples following him.

But once John saw Jesus, he preached the truth to them and not any twisted message in his favor.

Two of John the Baptist’s disciples left him and they followed Jesus instead after his commendation. John the Baptist expected this to happen. He had emphasized that Jesus was greater than himself. Then, he pointed out Jesus again to these two disciples. But John the Baptist was doing the work that God had sent him to do. He was pointing out who Jesus was. He wanted people to follow Jesus, not him.

One of these two disciples was Andrew, the other probably John (who does not mention his name in his Gospel). Andrew then brought his brother Simon to Jesus.

Jesus asked the two disciples a fundamental question. He asked, ‘What are you looking for?’ It is a question that Jesus asks us too. Some people want to get a lot of money or buy many things. Some people want to have an important job and be promoted. Some people want to have power over other people. Some people want to have security, among others. Of course, all these are good but woefully inadequate. How did the two disciples answer Jesus’ question?

The two disciples did not answer Jesus’ question. Instead, they asked Him where He was staying. What they wanted to do with Jesus was not about a one-time relationship or conversation. They wanted a permanent one so they requested to know where Jesus lived. They want to serve Him and to obey Him. They want to have the peace that only Him can give. They want this more than anything else and realize that a right relationship with God matters more than anything else.

Jesus answered, ‘Come and see.’ He invited them to spend time with Him and to learn from Him. He invited them to become His disciples.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Our New Year plans and resolutions must have a strategy to build a permanent relationship with God

🔷 Church leaders must show people to God and not to themselves

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Thank God for a new year
💥 Pray for a loyal relationship with God

CONCLUSION📙
Believers must have clear-cut goals but with Christ Jesus at the center.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections