Prayer: Help us, Lamb of God, to see and know. Amen
Reading: John 1:29-42 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: “Come and see.” A curious person asked Jesus, “Where are you staying?” “Come and see.” Not “32 N. Third St.” Not “Next to where the Jones are.” But, “Come and see.” Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Both about the question and the answer—they don’t quite match.
John, the Gospel writer, is almost always working at several levels of meaning. The curious person may have wanted to know literally where Jesus lived. But, John has the question posed in such a way that it could mean something more intuitive. “Where is the permanent, undying dwelling place of the Lamb of God?” “Can I dwell where God is?” “Where can we go to be in the presence of God?” “Come and see.”
Sometimes reading peoples’ ideas about living with God is helpful. Conversations with others about God can open ideas, too. We can perhaps gain insight into our relationship with God from knowing another’s relationship with God. But, in the end I think, it is really about experiencing God. I don’t care much for trying to explain God to people. But I sure do like inviting them, “Come and see.” Want to know what love is? “Come and see.” Want to experience grace? “Come and see.” Come and be in the presence of others who seek Jesus. Come and live with those who have experienced God's love. “Come and see.” --Jim Bricker
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