It was at the very beginning of His ministry just after He had been baptized by John, and John was testifying to those around him: “Behold, the Lamb of God!” With these events, Jesus began to attract followers. Two of the first had begun walking behind Him, and He turned and asked them what they were seeking. Their reply was, “Rabbi, where are You staying?” They wanted to know so they could come back and hear Him teach. Jesus invites them: “Come, and you will see.” I can see the two standing there rather stunned at Jesus’ quick readiness to invite them along. Maybe He has to reassure them with, “You comin’?” And then He does them one better by having them stay all day with Him! So, it began.
People are attracted to Jesus by several different things: His character, His demeanor, His teaching, His claims, His miracles, His cross, His resurrection, et al. He had tremendous “drawing” power, if you will. Charismatic we might say. Perhaps “Christosmatic” would be better. It should not surprise us for He is the Son of God and the Son of Man all in One.
We hear Him tell us the things we need to hear. Some are difficult, but we know they are true. Be kind. Love one another. Forgive one another. Don’t covet. Be faithful. Be generous. Seek the things above. Find the narrow gate. Listen to My voice. Love your enemies. Take up your cross. You will have tribulation. Don’t give up. Proclaim the good news. Make disciples. Remember Me.
But Jesus also promises that the rewards will be great, even next to unbelievable. Friendship with Him. A place in His kingdom. Freedom from sin and guilt. Salvation. Fellowship with God. See His glory. Sanctification. Life eternal.
He still has that same power to attract followers. What first attracted you to Jesus? What about Him keeps you following along?
And you, who are just sitting there watching all of this, what are you waiting for? Didn’t you hear Him say, “You comin’?”