Saturday, January 4, 2014

John 1:35-42: Come, and you will see

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and 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 you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

This passage records the call of Peter. Jesus calls his disciples to "come and see". This is significant because Jesus leads by example. The disciples are not forced. They are free to choose to follow or not. Like Peter, we are often called by Jesus. Jesus invites us to serve and mission with him. It is up to us to respond to his call. We will not be forced. 

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