What are You Looking For?

Scott Stevenson 

"Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.  When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus.  When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are You staying?”  “Come and you’ll see,” He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning."  John 1:35-39 (HCSB)

I found this part of scripture interesting because we all have to deal with the statement, “What are you looking for?” Jesus wanted the men to examine their motive for following Him. What is your motive? Is it to wipe away your sins? Do you appreciate that fact that God forgives and saves us? Do we tell others what God has done for us? Do we know enough about Him to tell others?

The passage of scripture I pulled out gives us the conversation between Jesus and two of John’s disciples. They heard the call, “Look! The Lamb of God!” and they responded. I want to look at the nuts and bolts of this response in light of my personal response to Jesus. I would like you to do the same.

When you read the Book of John, you need to understand who Jesus is, and John 1:1-5 makes that abundantly clear.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.  Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.  That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it."  John 1:1-5 (HCSB)

We need to remember what John says about Jesus as we read the rest of John. Sometimes we look at a truth that is beyond our ability to comprehend. John 1:1-5 is one of those truths, and in case we don't understand the first five verses, verse fourteen makes it simple for us. “The Word became flesh” John 1:14. As we read about Jesus, always keep in mind that He is both man and God.

Let’s get to the million dollar question that Jesus asked, “What are you looking for?” Jesus knows everything so when He asks a question, He knows the answer; the issue is if we know the answer. When the disciples of John heard Him say, “Look! The Lamb of God!” They responded. These two men had the conviction of sin and sought forgiveness. To do that, you have to recognize Jesus as God, because only God can forgive sins. (Matt. 9:4-7) If you notice, Jesus did not ask who are you seeking, but what. This question forces you to look deep within yourself to identify your motives for following Jesus. What is it that you want in life? These men are talking to God, you are talking to God, you have found the ultimate treasure in life, they, we have found the very definition of life itself in the person of Jesus Christ!

The next question is what are you going to do now? Andrew and John asked Jesus where He was staying, or another way of asking if they could talk with Him more showed their willingness to become His disciples. Jesus then said the words we all want to hear, “Come and you will see.” The opportunity to get to know the Lord presents itself. Wow! There we go again, another mind blowing situation. God has come near to us; He made forgiveness of sin and reconciliation personal. Don’t we all want forgiveness from the Savior of the world? What are you looking for in life?

"Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men."  John 1:4 (HCSB)

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