The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.”
So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
This passage, taken from the first chapter of John's gospel, follows the description of Jesus as the Word who was God and became flesh. It is in this context and understanding that John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb of God. It is in this context that these disciples leave the Baptist and follow Jesus. And it is in this context that disciples throughout the past two thousand years have followed Christ. We all follow Jesus because he is more than a great teacher or a great prophet - he is the Lamb of God. He is God in the flesh.
John tells this story in the first person because it was he and Andrew that were first drawn to Jesus that day. I love how these two knew immediately that Jesus was the Messiah and wanted a brother and a friend to meet him. Little did Simon know that this day would be the day that would change his life and future.. this day when the Lord changed his name. And such it is with all of us who meet Jesus for the very first time. We come ignorant of the affect he will have on us - how he will totally change us and call us by a new name.
Thank you for the day that Ellen brought me to meet you Lord. I have never been the same.