#176 John 1:35-39 What Do You Want?

Amy:
Episode #176 John 1:35-39

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you are here! I’m Amy Burgin. Usually, I’m here with my daughter Joy, but she’s out this week volunteering as a camp counselor.

Christgazing, kind of like stargazing, is the act of looking steadily and intently at Jesus. If you are anything like us, you desire to fix your eyes on Jesus amid the distractions and troubles of this world. This podcast makes room for us to do that. Amid a world of many words, we slow down here and make space for the God-breathed Words, the best words, the ones that rightly comfort, correct, and lead us. Each week, we read a portion of scripture several times and create stillness after each reading so we might also be still and know God more. We are in a series that takes us through the book of John.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before we read, take time to share your heart with God. Maybe you have a list of questions for which you need answers—or a heart filled with grief, joy, desire, gratitude, anger, peace, or a mix of some of these things and more—whatever is on your mind, name it, and bring it to God in the next minute.

[Pause and pour out your heart to God]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Amy:
As I read today’s passage, consider the question: What does this say about God?

John 1:35-39 The next day John was there again (at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing) with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “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.

Again?

John 1:35-39 The next day John was there again (at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing) with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “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.

Take the next few minutes to consider what this says about God.

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Amy:
As I read the passage again, consider the question, what does this say about people?

John 1:35-39 The next day John was there again (at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing) with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “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.

Take a minute to consider what this says about people.

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know Or Do Today?

Amy:
As I read for the last time, ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today in response to this passage?” 

John 1:35-39 The next day John was there again (at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing) with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “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.

Take a minute to ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Amy:
Christgazer, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. And may you keep your face turned toward Jesus today and know him more.

One Response

Amy:
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

What does this passage say about God?

It tells me God notices who is curious about him and following him. God spins himself to face his followers and shows interest in their desires by asking, “What do you want?”

These two disciples answered with a simple question of their own. They inquired, “Where are you staying?” but I suspect their desire went beyond knowing the answer to that question. I imagine they wanted same thing I want: to be close to God, close enough to hear his voice, uncover his plan, be in his circle, and learn from him.

Like these disciples, people don’t always say what they want in entirety. But God knew exactly what these curious followers really wanted. He met their desire by giving them more than they asked for—that’s the kind of God he is. He could have said, “Oh, I’m staying down the road about 4 blocks away. Have a nice day!” and hurried on his way. But that’s not what he said or did. No, he responded with an invitation, “Come and see.” And then? He spent the rest of the day with them and the rest of his life with them.

God’s not in a hurry or busy with things. He’s invested in people. God knows our deepest desires, and he is prepared to meet and exceed them with his very self. 

This is the Word of the Lord.

Closing

Amy:
You can find a transcript of this episode and all our episodes at amyburgin.com. Joy and I will be back next week to go Christgazing together. Until then, don’t forget, when you put your trust in Christyou are one in whom he dwells and delightsa dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails, and so do you.

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