In the late first century, Jesus’ youngest follower, John, wrote down the final biography of Jesus. Do you know what the first words Jesus speaks in that gospel are? Before you read on, take a look. You will probably be surprised.
Or… you can just read here for the answer, as most of you just did. After giving us a poetic overview of Jesus’ identity and divinity and the testimony of John the Baptist, we find Jesus being tailed (followed) by two of John the Baptist’s followers. Jesus first words in John, addressed to these two men, are “What do you want?”
Not a sermon. Not an invitation. Not a moral teaching. “What do you want?” It is an abrupt, terse phrase. But it is a phrase that cuts to the heart of these men and cuts to our hearts today. Jesus wanted to know why they were following Him, why they were so interested in Him. Were they looking for a miracle? Were they just curious?
What about you? Why are you following Him? Is it just a religious habit? Do you hope to obtain something from Him? Or are you just curious? Do you know why you are following Him?
We could ask the same questions when we come to church or when we pray or when we read our Bibles. What do I want? Why am I here? Why am I engaging in this activity? In fact, these may be the most important questions we ever ask.
So how did those two men answer Jesus’ question? “Rabbi (Teacher), where are you staying?” They were asking to accompany Him. “Rabbi, we want to know you, to spend time with you, to learn from you.” And Jesus responded, “Come and you will see.” He did not simply mean that they would see where He was staying, but that they would see far more as they learned from Him and got to know Him. We know that one of these two men was Andrew and it is likely that the other was John. These were two of Jesus’ closest disciples. Indeed, they came and saw and were changed.
How about you? Do you come to youth group, to church, to prayer, to the Bible in order to know Him and learn from Him? Or is there a different motive? Jesus asks you the same question today that He asked those two men 2,000 years ago: “What do you want?” The answer to that question makes all the difference.
Questions of Comments? Contact Youth Pastor Leo Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org