John 1:29-42, Seeing and Abiding

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said,
Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

30 “This is he of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who has become ahead of me, because he was before me.’ 31 And I did not know him, but in order that he might be manifested to Israel, for this [reason] I came baptizing in water.”

32 And John testified, saying, “I beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and She abode upon him. 33 And I did not know him,
but the One who sent me to baptize in water, that One said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and abiding upon him, this is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’
34 And I have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,
 and looking at Jesus walking, he said, “Behold, the lamb of God!”   
 And the two disciples heard him speak [this], and they followed Jesus.

38 And Jesus, turning and beholding them following,
said to them, “What are you seeking?”
And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you abiding?”

39 He says to them, “Come, and you will see.”
They went therefore and saw where he was abiding,
and they abided with him that day; it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two who heard [this] from John and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Anointed One).

42 He led him to Jesus.
Looking at him, Jesus said, “You are Simon, the son of John;
you shall be called Cephas” (which is interpreted, a Stone).Seeing and Abiding

Seeing and Abiding

We live in trying times. How will we remain firm through it all?

1.       The witness sees (and knows) Jesus and has us look also.

2.       The witness sees (and knows) Jesus in terms of the Lamb and the Dove.

a.       The Lamb = overcoming by the cross (think of the Lamb in the Book of the Revelation).

b.       The Dove = the Holy Spirit abiding on Jesus evokes the Holy Spirit on Easter.

c.       Jesus, anointed, baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.

3.       Jesus looks at his followers (and knows them/us).

4.       “What are you seeking?”
What are you looking at? What are you really seeking? What do you want/desire?

5.       “Where are you abiding?”

6.       “Come and see” (and know).

7.       “They abided with him.”

8.       Andrew brings Simon (we become witnesses like John).

9.       Jesus looks at Simon (us) and knows him.

10.   Simon (each of us) is a Rock,
and (by abiding with Jesus) will become a Rock—for the dwelling place of the Spirit.
By abiding with Jesus we become a place where the Spirit/Jesus can abide.

How can we remain firm in the days ahead?
By looking at Jesus—
.         so we can abide (“dwell,” “live,” “remain”) with/in Jesus—
.    we become an abiding place for the Spirit.

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