The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” -John 1:35-39
Does it ever amaze you how people just followed Jesus without a lot of probing questions. I wonder what it was about him that caused so many to leave all and follow him. In this passage he did not answer their question but simply invited them to come. I find that this is true for us. God rarely answers our questions but simply invites us to come and see.
Even still, I wonder how some of us would answer the question: “What are you looking for?” And more specifically, what are we looking for in Jesus? Are we wanting a magician who can provide us with entertainment? Or maybe a benefactor who can provide us with stuff? Or possibly a genie in a bottle who can give us what we want? Or maybe just a friend who is there for us in the good times and the bad? I find this last answer to be the most compelling one.
Dear Jesus, help me to remember that you are my friend. Give me the courage to simply "come and see".
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.