John's Witness To His Followers

John 1:35-39

This reading takes place on the third day in the gospel of John.   What do you think of as Christians when I say "third day?"  The resurrection was on the third day. 

Looking at Jesus as He walked, John said, "Behold, the Lamb of God."  There is no crowd this time, only two of his disciples.  John says to them, follow Jesus.  In verse 38:

Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"

What do you want in Me, from Me, to Me?   What are you really seeking in life?  Do you remember a time in your life when you heard Jesus call you by name?  He asks us to reaffirm the call every day. 

What should I consider every time Jesus calls me?  I must be honest when I hear His voice, honest about what He is truly asking of me.  I must be honest about what I truly desire to do, my commitment that I am willing to give.  I must be honest about my answer to Him.  I must be honest about my daily life, my witness for Him.  

This is what Jesus wants us to think about every day.  The call.  We should be so happy that we were called, not because we can gain heaven.  We should be so excited that it was He who called.  We should want to say, "Hallelujah, yes!" 

Jesus gave us everything.  I will give you everything in return.  Today.  I make this response with all of my heart, mind and soul.  I love you (the first commandment).  And when I go out to see other people, I will tell them you are calling, you are forgiving, you are loving.  This will be my witness to them.

Question: Am I growing closer to my Lord?  Introspective; looking inside the heart, the mind, the soul.  Am I spending enough time today in His presence?

Now comes a very unusual response by Jesus.  Jesus frequently does not answer with what you expect.  Jesus replies to the question of where He was staying.  He replies in verse 39:

"Come," He replied, "and you will see."

Jesus is saying, everything you ever wanted, you will find it in Me.  No wonder these two wanted to stay.  Jesus' words have a context of seeing Jesus taste death for our salvation.  Along with it comes a promise that we will not taste death.  Of course, we will live forever.  We have this hope that, just as He was raised, we will be raised on the last day.   

And what will we see?  His glory, His wounds in the flesh, and the glory of the kingdom that is coming.  Taste and see.  Every time you think about heaven, what do you see?  You see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering and death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God might die for every one of us.

The disciples were about to taste the death of God, the grace of God, the bitterness.  They were about to taste the joy of the Resurrection, the sorrow of fairwell in the Ascension, the greatness of the coming of the holy Spirit.  Their whole life was changing in a moment, and they had no idea other than that this was the One.

I encourage you to draw close to the Lord, to see for yourself the Lamb of God who tasted death to forgive our sins, and who was raised again that you and I might live eternally with Him.  Taste and see today that the Lord is good.