The mid afternoon sun belted down on the coarse river sand, making it almost too hot to stand on. There was a slight breeze blowing down the valley as the two men stood at the edge of the river, discussing with their teacher the people who had been baptized that morning. Without warning, the teacher pointed to a man who was walking along the top of the river bank. “Look”, he said, interrupting the conversation. “The Lamb of God!”
The two men looked up. They had seen this man before. Just over 40 days ago, their teacher, known as John the Baptist, had baptized him in the river. Apparently , they were cousins. And just yesterday this same man, who’s name was Jesus, had turned up and John had started going on about how he was “…the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
The two men glanced at each other, excused themselves from their teacher and headed up the steep river bank. They weren’t entirely sure what they were going to say when they caught up with the man, but their curiosity had got the better of them and they wanted to see what this guy was all about. As they came up behind him, he turned, catching them by surprise. After an awkward pause, that seemed to last for ever, the man asked them, “What are you looking for?” Fumbling for words, one of the men replied, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” As soon as the words come out of his mouth he felt a little uncomfortable that he had asked such a personal question.
But to their surprise, Jesus warmly invited them, “Come, and you will see.” So they followed him and saw where he was staying. In fact, they spent the rest of the day with him, talking together. One of the men was called Andrew, and he was so taken by Jesus that at some point during the evening, he went out to look for his brother. “Simon, we have found the Messiah!” So Simon went with Andrew to meet this man called Jesus. His life would never be the same.