The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In John 1:35-42, several of John’s disciples leave him to follow Jesus. Somehow this isn’t too surprising. After all, John keeps identifying Jesus as the lamb of God. His disciples all know what this means. Jesus is the one who can take their place and remove the penalty for all their wrongdoing. They were willing to follow a rabbi who would teach them the way of life. If that teacher, John, directs them to another one, Jesus, saying Jesus is greater, it only makes sense to follow him.
What confidence do we have in Jesus? Are we just out for a test drive, a little bit of inquiry, or are we willing to recognize him as the one who is the Lamb of God? That’s the claim of the New Testament witnesses.
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