“JESUS TURNED AND SAW THEM FOLLOWING HIM AND SAID TO THEM,”WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?” JN 1:35-42
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and 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 you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter. JN 1:35-42
John the Baptist reveals to us that Jesus truly is the Messiah, the Christ. This has been a long awaited journey for the Jews, the chosen people. What I find most interesting is what Jesus asks once the first people recognize Him for who He is, “What are you looking for?” There are many times in my life when I asked that question and could not answer it or I came up with a lot of unfulfilling answers.
We are about to embark upon the next semester of our studies, “What are you looking for?” or “What do you want out of it?” We are made for purpose and mission so we are called to seek the essence or the purpose of what we are about to do. Where does our drive, motivation, or desire to wake up and do something come from? Why don’t we have the desire, drive, and motivation to do things? Many people will say they are seeking happiness, but what I have found to be true is that I seek meaningful relationships.
God became Man so we could have a personal relationship with Him. Nobody else believes this except those who follow Christ because that is what He promises. We will continue to fail in seeking and finding happiness if we do not seek and find the Messiah, the Christ, the Lamb of God, the King of the Universe and have a personal relationship with Him.
When we do, we will be so excited to tell others like Andrew, “We have found the Messiah!” I have found that when I put Christ at the center of my life I am happier, holier, and live with purpose each moment of the day. Christ died to be with you in the depths of your heart, your suffering, your joys, your sorrows, your prayer. Let Him have it!
Today’s challenge: “What are you looking for?” Purpose. Joy. Peace. God created you, Jesus saved you, and the Holy Spirit dwells within you. We are never alone. God can help you find what you are looking for. He put the seeking in you to find Him.
Be a servant, be a saint today!