Today’s Reading: John 1:35-39 & Psalm 119:9-16
Turning around, Jesus saw [two disciples] following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are You staying?” John 1:38
These two disciples addressed Jesus on the basis of their need. Their great need at this point is obvious—they had questions, deep questions, and they needed answers. They needed what they saw—Rabbi! Teacher! It’s evidence they wanted—needed—something more than a quick chat with Jesus.
Now, perhaps we’re tempted to think less of these two disciples because they don’t seem as spiritually deep or as theologically profound as John, who calls Jesus the Lamb of God. But let’s beware of putting everybody into the same category. After all, we are not all carrying the same load. We do not all have the same needs. One person, terribly bent over with the weight of sin, would find comfort in seeing Jesus as the Lamb of God. Another person, wandering, teetering, and in great confusion, would be mightily strengthened in seeing Jesus as Teacher.
So what does Jesus, the Teacher, teach about? About God: Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father (John 14:9). About prayer: Our Father in heaven… (Matthew 6:9-13). About human nature: Read the great parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). About priorities and security: Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).
Yes, Jesus is—first and foremost—my Savior and my Lord. But He is also my Teacher. Teachers teach! And those they teach are expected to learn.
God of all wisdom and understanding, lead us by the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ to learn those things that will enable us to follow You more closely and serve You more fervently, to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do you need answers? Do you want answers? You have Jesus, your teacher, who speaks to you through the words of Holy Scripture. Let Him teach you. Listen. Learn.
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