Second Sunday of Epiphany 19.1.14 John 1.29-42

13 01 2014

Come and See

In this short and gentle passage we see how the ‘Jesus movement’ begins: looking, seeing, recognizing, following, finding and naming.


To help give shape to the reflection here are three types of question: head questions, heart questions and hand questions. They are about our intellectual response, our emotional response and our practical or behavioural response. I hope that you will want to work at all three levels.

Head Questions

1. What does the phrase ‘Lamb of God’ add to our understanding of Jesus?

2. Why do Jesus’ first followers call him ‘Rabbi’?

3. Why is there such an emphasis on the way that John comes to recognize who Jesus is?

Heart Questions

1. If Jesus asked you, ‘What are you looking for?’ what would you feel?

2. And what would you say?

3. What prompted Andrew to bring his brother to Jesus?

Hand Questions

1. What do verses 40-42 suggest about the way the church grows?

2. John ‘testifies’.  Do you?  If so, how?

3. If not, why not?


These questions are intended to challenge you to engage more closely with the passage and to hear and feel what it has to say to you. That’s more than a five-minute task. And so is the follow-up, working out what you might want to say to others as a result of engaging with the passage with head, heart and hands. Take your time.




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