One day after Jesus was baptized by John and revealed to be the Messiah, John saw Jesus walking nearby. He shouted, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35-42). Two men – one of them Andrew – who had been John’s disciples began following after Jesus. When Jesus saw they were following, He turned around and said, “What seek ye?
Perhaps John’s disciples were taken aback by Jesus’ question. In a way, it does seem a bit strange. After John’s declaration, you would expect people to notice and even follow after. They replied, “Rabbi…where dwellest Thou?” Jesus answered them, “Come and see.” Come and see. What an invitation. Maybe they didn’t expect Jesus to be so amiable. But they dwelt with Him that day, perhaps in His home, perhaps in the wilderness, perhaps by the shore…
Wouldn’t you have just loved to have been there with them that day, learning the things Jesus was revealing to them about the Kingdom of Heaven? I wonder what that conversation was like? The things they were learning compelled Andrew to run for his brother Simon, saying “We have found the Messiah (…the Christ).” Simon came right away and was given a new name by Jesus – Peter, which means “Rock.” Andrew and Simon Peter became Apostles, along with the other – albeit unidentified – disciple with them.
As Jesus’ ministry progressed and the Apostles grew in learning, they beheld Jesus heal many people and witnessed many wondrous things. One day, Jesus sat them all down and asked them, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” There were various responses. But it was Peter who declared, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said Peter was “blessed” because his confession was revealed by the power of the Father working among them. Peter then learned the meaning behind his name. Jesus told Him, “…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-19).
The rock of Peter’s confession is the rock of every believer: That Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God.
Jesus revealed to His disciples that He indeed was the Son of the Father, His only Begotten, and that the Person He called His Father is in fact the God of Truth, the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He taught that His Father is kind, just, and benevolent, that He is the Father of all, and that it was His immense love for the world that compelled Him to send His Son. The Gospels overflow with these things.
Jesus – Yeshua being His Hebrew name – was so named by the Angel Gabriel because He, Emanuel – “God with us” – would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 1:31). Salvation would be granted through Him because of the authority bestowed upon Him by the Father. Yeshua – the Word of God come forth from God (John 1) – tabernacled among men as a human being; He Whom even John the Baptist said was greater than himself and holds preeminence because He is God in the flesh. He existed with the Father before the world was, but came to Earth through a human mother, a virgin, whose humanity He took upon Himself…
These are the things I keep in mind and hold in my heart. I believe Yeshua’s words are true, are truth, and that they give me life. Jesus is more than a righteous, holy teacher written about in the Gospels. He is alive. Today. He was resurrected in the flesh; He lives with a glorified nature, a glorified humanity, and He ascended to Heaven with His humanity intact, yet in immortality. This, too, is our destiny! Jesus intercedes for each one of us, and He is in the heart of every believer through the Holy Spirit. Remember Jesus’ words, that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Even the Kingdom of Heaven can be within us (Luke 17:20-21).
“…whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).”
The first disciples followed Jesus and asked where He was staying and if they could follow along. Little did they know the things that awaited…for them and for us.
Before He left this Earth, Jesus promised, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
Then Thomas asked, “…how can we know the way?” Jesus’ most excellent answer:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:1-9).
Then Philip asked about seeing the Father. Again, Jesus’ profound reply:
“Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father…”
It is the same with us today because we ask, “How can we know?”
Jesus taught His Apostles:
“If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. But ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him…” (John 14:15-17, 21).
When Judas (not Judas Iscariot) asked Jesus to elaborate further on this, Jesus told him: “If a man love Me, he will keep My words; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:22-23; NKJV has “make Our home with him”).
“…this is eternal life,” He said while praying, “that they might know Thee the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Yeshua HaMashiach. Yeshua the Messiah. And yes, there is only one who can genuinely claim that name.
We have the witness of the disciples who encountered their risen Lord and Savior after all these things were revealed. This is the faith revealed and handed down to us by them who gave us the priceless treasury of Jesus’ words.
“Lord, to whom shall we go?” Peter had said. “Thou hast the words of eternal life, and we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69).
What…do you seek?
Scripture quotations taken from the 21st Century King James Version®, copyright © 1994. Used by permission of Deuel Enterprises, Inc., Gary, SD 57237. All rights reserved.