Who Are You Looking For?

Duane Loynes

Read: John 1:35-51

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” (v. 38)

In the mid-1980s, a group convened to determine the historical authenticity of the life of Jesus as depicted in the Gospels. Known as the Jesus Seminar, this collection of scholars and laypeople used a crude system of colored beads to vote on the sayings and actions attributed to Jesus. Ultimately, the Jesus Seminar affirmed the preconceived beliefs of the group, denying several key biblical doctrines of the Christian faith, including the resurrection of Jesus! Unsurprisingly, the group found the exact Jesus they were looking for.

In John 1, Jesus is assembling his team. John the Baptist declares that Jesus is “the Lamb of God,” and two disciples began to follow him. Then Jesus poses a critical question: “What are you looking for?” Their response, “Rabbi,” indicates that they were looking for a master to teach them, and not looking to fashion their own Messiah.

Whether you are seeking Christ or seeking a deeper walk with him, the question remains the same: “What or who are you looking for?” Often, the Jesus we seek is the one we find. Throughout history, too many Christians have sought (and found!) a Jesus of their own making, one who has often confirmed our biases and the status quo. However, the Jesus of Scripture is not so tame! He does not appear as one who affirms our presuppositions but often as one who challenges them. —Duane Loynes

Prayer: Father, open the eyes of our heart. We want to see Jesus.