Every time we see John the Baptist, he is pointing people to Jesus. Here, he is standing with two of his disciples. But John knew that his whole ministry was to point people to the Messiah, and did he hesitate?
Knowing that his own disciples could hear what he was about to say, John pointed out Jesus with those beautiful words, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” And what did John’s disciples do?
Did they hesitate, waiting for further instructions?
Did they go talk to John, to make sure his feelings weren’t hurt?
Did they ask what anyone else thought of Jesus?
Did they consider anyone or anything besides the fact that Jesus was the Messiah?
They simply and immediately “followed Jesus.” What a lesson we could learn from this. How many times, instead of simply and immediately following Jesus, do we hesitate, get someone else’s opinion, or consider anything and everything except following Christ?
Jesus asked them the question we need to ask ourselves, “What are you seeking?” In other words, why are you following me? Is it for earthly reward, or to be seen of men, or for the prestige of being the disciple of a Rabbi? Is it for a selfish reason or is it for the right reason?
They answered with the right reason. They wanted to know where Jesus was staying so that they could be with Jesus!
If it’s not all about Jesus, then it’s for the wrong reasons. Plain and simple. He must be first. He must be given preeminence in our lives, because he is worthy of it!
John knew it. The two disciples knew it. In fact, Andrew was so sure of it, that he went and found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Then he brought his brother to Jesus and Jesus immediately changed his name from Simon to Peter.
As if to say, “Peter, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new!”
I have often wondered why Jesus changed Peter’s name but not Andrew’s. My opinion on this is that Andrew was already a disciple of John and was baptized with water for repentance. Peter was a fisherman who never thought he would be anything but a fisherman. Where Andrew already understood baptism and repentance, Peter was given a clear understanding by Jesus that his old life was finished and his new life as a disciple had just begun.
What do you think? I welcome your comments!