In pictures, Jesus sometimes cradles a lamb or a child. Sometimes he stands in judgment holding a book. Often we see him in agony upon a cross. Sometimes he sits on his mother’s lap looking like a tiny king.
If you were asked to draw Jesus, what would he look like?
Who do you know Jesus to be?next >
The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?”
They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?”
He replied, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
John 1:35-39next >
I don’t know how much time you’ve spent around sheep, but they’re not really known as the leaders of the animal kingdom. They’re more famous for needing someone to lead them. But one thing sheep know how to do is stick close to the one who provides for them.
When John says that Jesus is the Lamb of God, this is in part a reminder that Jesus is one who sticks close to God, one who knows intimately that God provides all we need. If we want to know what God is up to in the world, Jesus is the one to follow. He is, after all, God’s lamb. He knows the one who will provide us with every good thing.
What will we see when we follow the Lamb of God? What will we know about God and ourselves when we risk following where Jesus leads? Jesus invites us: Come and see.
Phillip Facklernext >
O God, giver of all good gifts, you provide me with what I need even before I ask it. Help me to follow Jesus into deeper knowledge of you, even when it seems hard or unpopular. May your Lamb lead me to see you at work in this world and in me. Amen.next >
Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Phillip Fackler is an Episcopal priest, aspiring academic, and resident of Raleigh, NC. Occasionally, he can be found attempting to reason with his young children, relaxing outdoors with his family, or wandering an art museum.
Advent: Of the Father’s Love Begotten