“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “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. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 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 ). The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.””
Yes I know that is a lot of Scripture for today’s Gold but just wanted to give you the full context as something to think about today. I read these verses this morning in my quiet time and after reading them over once, I sat there and nothing that seemed that important stuck out to me. Then as I went through out my day, i kept thinking about the first “follow me” account in these Scriptures. The disciples ask Jesus where He is staying and Jesus says, “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him.”
All Jesus says is, “come.” Follow me and you will see, there is so much intrigue and almost like a sense of mystery in that. How Jesus says “you will see.” It sparked something in me that made me realize, Jesus does this in our lives everyday, we have this grand opportunity to follow after the Son of God and we honestly don’t know where that will take us or what any of the answers are but “you will see.” Think about that. When I hear this “you will see,” from Jesus and knowing who Jesus is and drawing back to all the times Jesus has taken me places way out of my comfort zone, places I never imagined going and even doing things I never thought I could do. There is so many accounts through the Gospels that Jesus tells his disciples to “follow Him.”
They have no clue what’s going to happen, where they’re going
or what they’ll be doing but at the end of the day, we see that
Andrew, who was one of the two that followed Jesus in first account, after spending most of the day with Jesus, just look at his reaction.
“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”
The first thing he did was go and tell somebody then leave everything behind to continue following after Jesus. I’m sure he didn’t have a clue what laid ahead on this journey following Jesus but after spending some time with Jesus, the only thing he did know is WHO he was going with, WHO he was following. And you can see this in the other accounts that follow in the verses, these men had no idea where they were going and had many questions to ask on their first encounter but as they hear the Word of God speak, as they spend time with Jesus personally. They just GO!!!
It just amazes me the radical abandonment that we see the disciples following Jesus with. We could sit here and ask the same questions about why the disciples would follow Him and the same questions in our own life, why would we follow Jesus? We constantly see all these reasons why maybe we shouldn’t follow Him, why maybe we shouldn’t obedient but as we also see that when we are obedient and follow after Jesus, it’s then we get to experience even deeper of what the Son of God is all about and just how GREAT He is!!!
I don’t know about you but I try to question all the moments I have been given to follow Jesus a lot. We have a lot of our self, a lot of our stuff, and a lot of our reputation that we hold a little tighter to in some of these moments but at the end of the day and learning more about WHO we are following after, who cares what the answers are, who cares where we’re going because we are going with the Son of God!!!! What more could we ever need. Any reason or excuse we make up not to get out of our comfort zone and follow after Jesus in obedience, it can be answered quickly with the truth that it doesn’t matter. All that matters is WHO we are following. Once I saw that truth of WHO I’m following, and seeing that the WHO is Jesus, why would we ever let anything hold us back??? Why not just trust in Him, the Savior of the world and the greatest man to ever walk the earth and just go. Why? Jesus! Where? Jesus! When? Jesus!!!!
It gives me chills thinking about the opportunity to follow Jesus in obedience over the little and big areas of my life and hearing Him speak His truth over the “UNKNOWN”, saying; “you will see.”
Holy guacamole that’s exciting!!!!