John 1: 38. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39. He said to them, “Come and see.”
One of the first songs I heard and played on the air when I came to Florida for my first job at a Christian radio station was this one. Bob Bennett had written it with a friend as an assignment in a music class. The assignment was to write on anything from the Gospel of John. They wrote about the first recorded question Jesus was asked following his baptism in the river Jordan.
The passage came up today in one of the devotionals Melanie read while I was finishing breakfast. It prompted her to find the song on YouTube and play it on her smartphone. The memories flooded back. And I had a thought about how Jesus answered the question that had not occurred to me before.
Jesus could have responded to that question by giving a house address. He wanted more. Answering as he did, he was inviting the disciples to get more than just a satisfaction for their curiosity. He was inviting them to spend time with him. While they shared his company they would get to discover much more than the simple answer to their question. They would begin to get answers to questions they couldn’t imagine or dare to ask yet. Jesus was inviting them to hang around and get to know him.
He still extends the invitation. I get it every day. It is an invitation for me to take the time to personally find out about him.
Jesus apparently wants to do the same with all of us. He continues to give the invitation.