Invitation to Discovery

"The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he 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 see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon." (John 1:35-39)

"Grandma, what will we do? Where are we going?" "You'll have to wait and see." I overheard this conversation as I loaded my children into the back of Grandma's van. They were leaving for their annual "Grandma vacation." It would likely include the Children's Museum, a bike ride, and, inevitably, ice cream. They didn't know that, though. Grandma wouldn't tell them.

The kids were packed and waiting seven hours before Grandma came. They had no idea what would happen, but they were ready and they were ecstatic. They trust Grandma. They knew they would be with Grandma. That is all they needed to know.

The question of the disciples in John 1:38 seems a bit strange, but it's perhaps the most important question; they want to be where Jesus is. In response, Jesus extends an invitation to discovery, and they follow him into the unknown. They did not know where Jesus would take them, but they trusted him. They knew they would be with him. That was all they needed to know.

Discipleship, of course, is not all bike rides and ice cream. Sometimes it is painful and dangerous. Many disciples have embraced the invitation to "come and see," and followed Christ into dark and frightening valleys. Yet they followed anyway, knowing what the Psalmist emphatically declares; God is there, too. They trusted him. They knew they would be with him. That was all they needed to know. Jesus’ invitation to discovery echoes still in the splendor of our Creator's handiwork, rings throughout his beloved community, and whispers to our hearts. "Come and see. Jesus is here. That is all you need to know."

Let’s follow him into the unknown together,

Pastor Jonathan