Updated: Dec 16, 2019
John 1:34-42,44 NIV
“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” 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 spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. 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)... Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
When John told two of his disciples that Jesus is the Lamb of God, they followed him and asked where he was staying. That had been John’s teaching, to find Jesus. He had no intention of keeping them with him. His goal was to prepare people for Jesus.
Jesus invited John’s disciples to follow him, and they spent the day with him. They met Jesus at the tenth hour (4pm). One of them, Andrew, was a fisherman. He would have fished through the night and finished only in the morning. This would have been his resting time. When he told his brother Simon that they found the Christ, Simon immediately went to look for Him too. They became the first disciples of Jesus. What happened to the others who had also heard from John?
John preached a lot about repentance to his disciples and many who heard him repented of their sins. But his goal was to prepare their hearts for Jesus, and repentance was only a part of it. They had to get to know Jesus too.
I have been a Christian for almost 30 years, and I realise that a large part of that time, I had stopped searching for Jesus. My pursuit for God had turned cold, going to church became a religious observance and a matter of schedule. Wanting a relationship with God is different from having a relationship with Him. I may already be saved, but I’m definitely at risk of losing it if I were to turn away from Jesus.
Seeking God is a journey and finding Him is our destination. When we seek God, we are actually seeking to know Him. We have to continue seeking God till the end of our life on earth. How much do we know about Jesus? How much do we know about the nature of God?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 NIV)
The Bible is all we have and the Bible is all we need. From the Old Testament to the New, the Bible is the manual from God telling us that He wants us to find Him. It gives us faith that He loves us deeply, providing all the reasons that we should trust him. It tells of His grace and truth.
We’ve got to read the Bible so that we won’t be misled by people who manipulate the truth.
What time is it now? Be it 4 pm in the afternoon or any other time, we can drop everything we have, and make time to know God.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.