John 1:35-39Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus calls disciples35 The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?” 39 He replied, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
The world disciple means “student”, or “learner”. It’s a term used for students of a rabbi which, as noted above, means “teacher.” The goal of the disciple is to one day become the rabbi, the student becomes the teacher. Two of John’s students, from John’s words about Jesus, begin to follow Jesus. Jesus invites them to be his students. They may have a new teacher, but the goal is still the same, to learn from the rabbi to become the rabbi.
Most of us have had mentors, who have helped us along the way. We not do things exactly as they did, but we did learn and experience so much from them. Sometimes we call them Coach, Teacher, Boss, or Mom, but we learn from them.
When it comes to faith, how do we learn how to follow Jesus and live like Jesus? We are invited to be his disciples, but how do we do that? How do we learn to do that? In the past we have relied on pastors and Sunday School teachers. Somebody has to teach us and show us The Way.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been introduced to a new way, an ancient way, of making disciples. Different from a small group, I’ve been part of huddle, where several students and I have learned from our teacher who has learned from his teacher and so on, so that one day we will be the teachers. We focus on how we follow Jesus, how we live as disciples. We continue to be learners as God has called us to lead others, the disciple becomes the teacher. This is how Andrew and Peter, and the other disciples started with Jesus. It’s a beautiful model. It’s the way that Jesus did it. It involves commitment and openness from the Teacher, and commitment and willingness from the students. I was in a huddle for over a year before I started leading a huddle. I now lead two huddles on my own, filled with some amazing folks. I’d love to start a third in the coming months if your interested. If you are, message me. Up front, I want let you know this is a commitment and a challenge.
And it all started with this invitation to, “Come and see.”