John 1:35-37 (NIV)
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
The biblical understanding of the wording ‘passing by’ is not a casual walking in front of you, but it is the language of God’s holy presence coming to engage and encounter people for a very significant moment of salvation—not only for the individual, but also for the nations.
Exodus 33:19 (NIV)
And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.
Moses encounters God and receives God’s promise of salvation to the nations.
1 Kings 19:11 (NIV)
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Elijah, when he was deeply discouraged, encounters God and he is assured of God’s faithfulness and plans.
It is in that same understanding with which we are to view today’s passage, that these two disciples are about to have a very significant encounter with Jesus, that will not only bring them to salvation, but will also be used for God’s salvation to the nations. (P. Gus)
Prayer: Father, pass by us; we need encounter again. Lead us into the fuller expression and revelation of the salvation we have received. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to the song, “Let There Be Wonder” by Matt Redman (click here).