I am so glad you’ve joined us to enter into the Easter season!
“Behold, the Lamb of God!” – 1 John 1: 36
The gospel of John has always been my favorite, even though it’s author is anonymous. I encourage you to take a look at the gospels or any book of the Bible that resonates with you, and research its author a bit – find out what was happening at that time or why they may have made the choices they did.
Let’s dig into one specific section of the Gospel of John – chapter 1, verses 35 – 45:
“Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 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. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
There’s one small word of this section of scripture that stands out to me for this Easter season – found. All of this finding!
Isn’t it fascinating that Andrew said, “we have found the Messiah,” but really the Messiah had first found them.
Isn’t it funny? How we can think we have found Him, when really He has first found us?
We have been found before we ever find Him. This is one of the most important things we will ever need to remember: God knows us. He sees us. Just where we are and as we are.
Whatever your Lenten season has been like – full of blessings, or struggles, or even indifference – let the next days of Easter be God’s gift to you. A time to begin again. To reorient ourselves back to Him. To seek Him and be found instead.