What Do You Want?

“What do you seek? … Come, and you will see” (John 1:38–39).

“You are Simon the son of John, you shall be called ‘Cephas.’ … Follow Me” (John 1:42–43). (“Cephas,” a Hebrew baby name, corresponds, in the Greek of Jesus’ day, with the name, “Peter.” In both languages, this name means “rock,” and this would seem to indicate that Jesus expected this disciple to be steadfast. The other “John” mentioned in the first chapter of John is John the Baptist. The author of this book of John is Jesus’ specially beloved disciple, the brother of James and also the author of the book of Revelation.)

“Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile … Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you” (John 1:47–48).
“Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these … Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:50–51).

Today’s story is reported only by John, and these words of Jesus are the first recorded in his gospel. In today’s lesson, John the Baptist looks at Jesus and tells two disciples that He is “the Lamb of God.” These men hear Him speak and follow Him. They ask where He is staying, and Jesus tells them to come and see. One of the men, Andrew, goes to his brother, Simon, tells him he has found the Messiah, and brings him to Jesus, who tells Simon to follow Him and changes his name.

The next day, Jesus goes to Galilee and, finding Philip in Bethsaida, asks him to follow Him. Philip is so impressed that he searches out Nathaniel and tells him he has found the man of whom Moses and the prophets wrote. Nathaniel basically replies, “Are you kidding me?”—reflecting his prejudice against Galileans—but he accompanies Philip anyway.

When they meet, Jesus characterizes him as a “what you see is what you get” person. Realizing that these words describe him well, Nathaniel asks Jesus how He can know this about him. When Jesus responds that He had seen him (though He had not heard of him before that), Nathaniel is so impressed that he confesses Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus in effect replies, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, guide us as we go through the gospel of Your disciple whom You especially loved. Let us understand his insights. In Your holy name. Amen

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