35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 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. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Andrew and John had a master, John the Baptist. He had prepared their hearts and now the one who is greater than John had arrived. They seem to take their first master’s teaching seriously as they move on to a new master. Jesus can take them further on the way that they can go than John can. I wonder how John the baptist felt losing his namesake and Andrew. The text doesn’t tell us, because life is not about movement toward John or a baptism of water. The important thing is that when the time came, those who encountered Jesus went with him and brought others along too. Andrew and all of Israel had been looking for the Messiah, and although they have found him they do not know really what a ‘Messiah’ is.
They think they know what they have found, but in reality Jesus is the one who knows their identity better than they know themselves. Jesus invited people into a relationship where they would come and see. They dwelt with him. A friendship developed.
Good counseling and self-help move us into understanding our limitations and our strengths. Great friendships can help us reform on a superficial level, but the changes are real. However, any positive change in life should lead us to the One who can complete our transformation. Jesus knows who we should be and he calls us to come and stay with him, but we must leave our previous understandings and walk in the path where he leads.
Jesus, I am struck by your mentorship as a master. You take disciples and you take them through disciplines so that they become more the rounded and complete people you created them to be. The call is not primarily about feeling comfortable, receiving joy in our calling, or fulfilling our own dreams. We are to harmonize our will and our dreams to your dreams and find a life of peace through discipline that is sometimes painful and also infused with joy. Help me to commit my entire being to your training as my sensei and to let go of false masters I have tended to serve.
- Who changes allegiance in the passage? How do you know the name of both characters?
- What are the results of their approaching Jesus?
- Why is this passage in scripture?
- To what disciplines or ways do people submit?
- How can one be encouraged to move away from one master to a new master?