John 1:35¬† The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
John 1:36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‚ÄúLook, the Lamb of God!‚Äù
John 1:37¬† When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
John 1:38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, ‚ÄúWhat do you want?‚Äù They said, ‚ÄúRabbi‚Äù (which means Teacher), ‚Äúwhere are you staying?‚Äù
John 1:39¬† ‚ÄúCome,‚Äù he replied, ‚Äúand you will see.‚Äù¬† So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
I was just thinking about this as I went to bed last night and this morning. It is so great that Jesus was free to invite these guys to his house and spend the day with him. He was available. He didn‚Äôt put them off or say, I need to finish this up… or I‚Äôm busy.
He also didn‚Äôt tell them ‚ÄúI live at 851 Riverside.‚Äù He said, ‚ÄúCome and see.‚Äù He walked with them and took them to where they were going, instead of just telling them. It sound a little passive, but I just read on google books that the Greek grammar implies that He is saying, ‚ÄúIf you come with me, and I want you to, I‚Äôll show you.‚Äù
So what if it‚Äôs true? What if God WANTS to spend time with me? What if God WANTS me to come with Him to where he is going, and then sit around and waste a lot of time being together (for lack of a better phrase).
That makes me think of dating. How when you are new in the relationship, you have to do things- go to a movie, play putt putt, the typical, silly date activities. But then when you get closer, and I guess this is summed up perfect in marriage, you can be together and enjoy DOING NOTHING.
The availability of God and the desire to keep me around blows me away. Yesterday Cindy was talking about some friends of ours that invited us over for the super bowl and are now inviting us along with them to a 2/14 banquet. She said, ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt believe that they want to be around us. Of all their other friends, why do they like us?‚Äù That is so funny. Cindy can‚Äôt believe that someone would desire to be around our family. As she said that all I could think about was this passage. Jesus wanted to be with these guys- a lot.
So I‚Äôve scoured and looked all over because I‚Äôm about to make a blanket statement and I didn‚Äôt want to be off. If I‚Äôm off, tell me. John the Baptist says ‚Äúthe Lamb of God‚Äù
Which Lamb? There are lambs all over the OT, and it‚Äôs a common sacrifice. So I looked at all of the sacrifices, every one of the regular sacrifices is a lamb, or a ram, or a bull, etc etc. Ok, what about the daily sacrifice? Every time it‚Äôs mentioned there are two, one in the morning and one in the evening, so for a while I was wondering how Jesus was THE Lamb (even though there were two) and where does that fit?
Then I found it. <prepare for blanket statement> The only place where there is a lamb sacrificed, and it‚Äôs not with drink offerings, and it‚Äôs not with grain offerings, is at the PASSOVER. If you‚Äôre poor, get with another family and share a lamb. If you‚Äôre rich, get one big lamb. It has to be a lamb. Because someday, God‚Äôs Son is going to show up, and He‚Äôs going to show you all what a real Passover is all about.