35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
Two of John the Baptist’s disciples are curious about Jesus – they have just been told that he is the Messiah – so they start following him. But they keep at a distance. Perhaps they are wondering what kind of Saviour this Jesus might be? How will he interact with ordinary people like them? So they hang back a little and don’t say anything. But Jesus notices them. More than that, he turns to engage them and asks, “What do you want?”
Jesus reveals what he is like when he asks after them. His attention is on them. This is a warm curious question. I wonder if they were expecting this kind of response? I wonder if I really do? Sometimes I get so focused on tasks that I forget to focus on those around me. But here Jesus demonstrates that he is personal and caring. So when they ask Jesus where he is staying, he responds, “Come and see!” Jesus wants them to see for themselves and share it with him. Jesus is all about the person. He is all about us.
I find this passage upturning poorly laid foundations I have in my life: where I have learned to be wary and cautious of people, and expect Jesus to be the same (“whaddya want? Go away”), as I interact with him through prayer while I mull over this passage, I find Someone completely different: Jesus focusing on me, asking me “What do you want?” I hear kindness, not harshness.
Lord Jesus, I am still learning about you and your love towards me – I am both overwhelmed and undone. Lord, may your love continue to change and heal my heart.
Written by Gab Martin