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The Journey

Come and See (John 1:35-40)

Again I find myself sitting in camp with the disciples and Jesus in John 1. If you are walking in this journey with me you will find that often certain passages require more time or attract more attention. That’s good because God is speaking through that passage to you! Often I find that only after revisiting a passage a couple of time in prayer do I fel lead away again! Kindof like the Israelites in the wilderness being lead by a cloud and fire, they only moved when God moved. So feel free to reflect and revisit every so often when you pray using scriptures, it is encouraged to deepen your devotion and to see where God has taken you. You may also wish to write down leadings, thoughts, and emotions as you pray to help you remeber where you were before.

The other day I considered the scene around a camp fire with Jesus and the two disciples of John. Today I am wondering what the conversation would have been. From earlier in the chapter John the baptist said that he saw the Spirit coming over Jesus as a dove. Did they discuss this? I think they probably did, and if I was one of them I would have asked “what’s up with the Lamb of God thing?” I imagine Jesus probably had a few good laughs this first day of school.

They were in school. They called Him rabbi, or teacher. And in that era a rabbi had a talmid following his every step trying not to miss a single word that the teacher might say. they wanted to hear what Jesus had to say…but I think Jesus probably only talked. Talked about John, fishing, why they followed John. Because that’s where friendships always begin, in the exchange of stories.

Where do you stay? Come and see. It is often said that we are the product of experiences. I spoke of one of my experiences the other day, and how it changed my life. Jesus in this time of just friendly conversation was getting to know them, getting them comfortable to speaking with him as a friend not just a rabbi. I am challenged today to speak to Christ not as my teacher or God, but as my friend. Why don’t you try too maybe you’ll find prayer is easier. 

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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