Over the last few Sundays, we’ve talked a lot about what it means to Follow Jesus. That Jesus calls us, “Come, follow me.” We’ve also been reading the Bible together via a Bible Reading Plan distributed weekly in the bulletin and attached online to the sermons. For many of us, this is the first time we’ve ever tried to read the Bible on our own and with our children. To make sure you don’t feel abandoned, I’ll occasionally post mediations taken from some authors much smarter than me to help you think through the stories.
Last week, we read John 1:29-42. After meditating on the same passage, the Blackabys write:
“There comes a time for each of us when merely talking about the Christian pilgrimage is not sufficient. We must actually set out on the journey! We can spend many hours debating and discussing issues related to the Christian life, but this means little if we never actually step out and follow Christ!
For generations, the coming of the Messiah had been pondered and predicted by the nation of Israel. Perhaps no topic garnered more discussion among Jews than the nature and work of the Messiah. Andrew had listened to John the Baptist and had heard of the coming Messiah. Now, suddenly, he was face to face with the One he had yearned to see! Andrew’s mind was filled with questions he longed to ask. Instead of entering into a theological dialogue with Andrew, however, Jesus turned and began to walk. Andrew’s questions would not be answered by discussion alone, but by walking with Him.
Christianity is not a set of teachings to understand. It is a Person to follow. As he walked with Jesus, Andrew watched Jesus heal the sick, teach God’s wisdom, and demonstrate God’s power. Andrew not only learned about God; he actually experienced Him!
Moments will come when you stand at a crossroads with your Lord. You will have a hundred questions for Him. Rather than answering the questions one by one, Jesus may say, “Put on your shoes, step out onto the road, and follow Me.” As you walk daily with Him, Jesus will answer your questions, and you will discover far more than you even knew to ask.”
From “January 24: Come and See” in Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-by-day: the Devotional and Journal (Nashville, TN: B&H Books, 1997), 24.