He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
The disciples Andrew and John were introduced to Jesus through John the Baptist as he spoke the words "Look, the Lamb of God!"
As they started following Jesus, they were met with a perplexing question from Him. Jesus asked them, "What are you seeking?" He is basically saying, "Hey guys, what is it that you are wanting from me?"
I would assume this was not what Andrew and John were expecting. Imagine for a moment that Jesus asked you that question. How would you respond?
Oh man, I could really use a new car, Jesus.
I really need help in my relationships.
Jesus, I really want this "tough" situation in my life to change.
There is nothing wrong with 'wanting' and asking Jesus for these things. However, these are not the kinds of 'wants' the disciples requested.
How did they respond to this strange question? They said, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are you staying?" (John 1:38)
Although Andrew and John had needs and wants in their lives, their encounter with Jesus was so powerful that all they 'wanted' was to know more about Him.
Can you say that about your life? Above all your desires and goals, needs and challenges, is knowing Christ your most essential 'want'?
With Jesus, of course, no words are random or without purpose, and this verse is no different. In fact, could it be that Jesus was testing the hearts of Andrew and John to see if they were genuinely seeking after Him or merely just something Jesus could do for them?
He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
Jesus invites them to follow.
This must have been a moment of stomach butterflies and excitement, the moment both Andrew and John had to make their own decision to follow or go back. They did not know where Jesus would lead them, but because they were so drawn to Him, they didn't care.
They would follow Jesus, not for what they could get from Him, but because they believed he was the Messiah, the savior of the world, and for that, they would give up everything to follow Him.
What about us?
Jesus asks us all this same question today. "What is it that you want from me?"
I encourage you to ponder this question and respond to the Lord with an honest heart. I don't know about you, but I must confess that I often want something from Jesus more than I want Jesus. Can you relate?
In either case, know that we have the opportunity to get this question right, moment by moment. Even though our human hearts gravitate toward what Jesus can do for us, He always invites us back to come and see the miraculous truth of what he has already done for us. He died on a cross for the penalty of our sin so that we may be right with God, now and forevermore.