“The very next day John was there again with two of his disciples as Jesus was walking right past them. John, gazing upon him, pointed to Jesus and said, “Look! There’s God’s Lamb!”
And as soon as John’s two disciples heard this, they immediately left John and began to follow a short distance behind Jesus.”
John 1:35-37 TPT https://www.bible.com/bible/1849/jhn.1.35-37.tpt
This leaped off of the page to me the other day and I’ve been mulling over it ever since.
I know there is an emphasis here, in this Chapter and in this book of John for me,
as this is my second time going back over it, the entire book of John, that is, and my third time being drawn back to Chapter One.
Almost like one of those buzzing metal
detectors that shows you that you’re standing over something good.
It’s as if God is showing me that the treasure I’m looking for is buried in this truth.
And you know if I find treasure, my heart is to share it.
Just like John’s.
That’s actually what the golden truth is for today I believe.
What was John’s heart?
John was a rising prophet. Everyone was looking to Him for answers. He had been crying in the wilderness and yet He was drawing loads of crowds.
But notice what he did in the verse above;
HE POINTED THEM TO JESUS!
“Behold Him,” He told them.
And what happens next is even more riveting…
They left his “group” and followed Jesus.
And John didn’t even chase after them, or get offended.
He was confident in who God called Him to be, as a forerunner for Truth,
but knew that ultimately, life and lesson was taught Best,
by none other than the Master Himself.
He’s the Important ONE, John exclaimed.
Yes. the disciples of John became the first two disciples of Jesus.
There is something to note here.
It’s called Progression.
God is always looking on the heart.
These two men were hungry for God.
Before Jesus ever stepped on the scene they wanted to know what John was saying about Him (Jesus)-
Now God was promoting them to be with Him.
I wonder where you may be in progression this morning?
Are you hungry to hear about Jesus from someone who knows a lot about Him?
Let me ask you this… are they pointing you directly to Him,
or to them?
It’s really something how as ambassadors for Christ, we can do get caught up in the world’s system of insta-fame.
It’s subtle. But dangerous.
If you’re following someone who is pointing you to themselves instead of directly to Jesus,
let me go a bit further here,
If you are depending on them,
instead of depending on Jesus,
you’ll come up short.
Both of you.
It’s a dangerous relationship to be dependent on anyone, and for them to be fully dependent on you for their walk with Jesus.
I can’t tell you the countless stories I have heard from people who are not going to church or seeking for Jesus anymore, because someone in the church has failed them.
My answer to them is that of Jesus,
when He told the Father who brought his demon possessed son to the disciples who couldn’t get the job done, to being the boy directly to Him.
Had the disciples been given authority?
Were they true disciples?
But they fell short.
|And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,|
|15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.|
|16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.|
|17 ¶ Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.|
|18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Matthew 17:14-18|
None the less, JESUS WAS THERE,
for the man,
who kept searching for the Truth.
Again, what was in His heart?
He progressed, as God moved Him on towards the Answer.
You know you’ve Gained Him, the Truth, when you have been made Free!
When you have truly been touched and taught by Jesus, it will produce results.
And Even that is a progression.
Although, we’ve been made free in Every area by the sacrifice of Jesus, it takes time to get everything in our lives lined up with that Truth.
This doesn’t mean we don’t need teachers in the body of Christ.
Without John doing what she was called to do, those two men wouldn’t have been in that point of progression.
What we don’t need is a drawing to ourselves.
The drawing should be to Jesus.
Our lives, should constantly point others to Him.
Jesus, and Only Jesus can truly set you Free.