And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38)
Two disciples of John have heard the Baptist’s claims regarding Jesus of Nazareth: He is the One whom John has been crying out about in the wilderness proclaiming Him to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Captivated by what John has said the two men decide to follow Jesus.
Who can blame them? How often does God come walking by in the flesh? Jesus turns, and seeing them following asks, “What do you seek?”
It’s a penetrating question.
From their reply, I think he’s caught them off guard. They ask him where he’s staying and our Lord invites them to come along and see for themselves. Can you sense their relief? They’ve got a foot in the door! If he really ends up being the long-awaited Messiah he won’t have slipped through their fingers.
Like these two men, if we have made a decision to follow Jesus, the time will come when he will turn and ask us the same question: What do you seek?