5 The next day John was again with two of his disciples. 36 He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Rabbi means Teacher. 39 “Come,” he replied. “You will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. 42 And he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter (or rock).
John knew his place in history. He knew his calling and his mission. His mission is to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. He was eagerly waiting…. he knew the day will come when there will be a Transition; when “He must increase but I must decrease” John 3:30.
John knew his work on earth was almost done. His disciples must now embark on a new journey; not an earthly one he has led so far. The Transition to a spiritual journey with Jesus has to begin.
The reading of these verses reminded me that whatever work we do for the Lord, it is always for Him. There is always a season for the Lord’s work, no matter how great or small in our own human eyes. When the time comes when He wants us have to ‘lay down’ our work, we must do so gladly. It is only then that the Transition will occur.
Father in Heaven, I thank you and praise you that you are the God of Wisdom. Thank you for the coming of our Lord Jesus on this earth. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the blessings and joy that comes with it. Lord, may You increase and I decrease. Amen
Written by Shin Liu