A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/6

38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” John 1:38

After defeating every temptation Satan threw his way, Jesus returned to where John was baptizing people and John pointed to Jesus declaring him to be the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Two of the Baptists followers, one being Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, approach Jesus when he turns around and asks them a simple yet deeply profound and important question, “What are you seeking?”.

In that case of Andrew and his companion they were clearly seeking to get to know this Lamb of God that John spoke of. It shows in answer, “Where are you staying?. They were not asking just to be able to know the location of Jesus’ abode so that they had some bit of information. They wanted to know so they could actually accompany him and get to know him better. They were looking for something more, something significant. They had a yearning to fill and emptiness. What they were seeking was Jesus.

In 1987 the Irish rock band U2 came out with their Joshua Tree album which contained the hit song, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The song is filled with images of a life spent searching high and low for something that mattered, that lasted, that made a real difference. The second half of the song focuses on the Kingdom Come and one who loosed the chains and took all our shame. Even with that realization the chorus still resounds, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. There is more yet to come when the Kingdom of God is finally and fully revealed. Then and only then will the yearning cease.

So the real question is, what are you seeking? What is it that you want out of life? Is it to be happy? Is it to be successful ? Is it power, or comfort, or security that you are really looking for? Is it pleasure or fame? Ultimately none of that will satisfy. Only a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus will do. Andrew and his friend somehow seemed to sense that. They saw something in Jesus that they had never seen nor experienced before and the wanted more of that. You will never have your yearnings fully satisfied until Jesus, and a deeper relationship with him is what you seek.

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