John 1:38 NLT
And Jesus turned and saw them following Him and asked them, "What do you want?"
Wonderful question, right? Jesus asked them, "What do you want?"
Now mind you, this is not the verse referring to the times that Jesus asked an ill person, "What do you want me to do for you?" Matthew 20:32, Mark 10:51, Luke 18:41
That is a different question.
"What do you want?" vs. "What do you want me to do for you?"
And I encourage you to investigate the second question in your time with Him. It is a wonderful place of intimacy when we can actually get alone long enough to ask this thoughtful and soul seeking question. What do I want Jesus to do for me? Argh!
I digress: Another blog post for another time.
Back to the question of the hour: Jesus asked them,"What do you want?"
The first time this verse came to my recognition was in a devotional. It was a good devotional and it made me question what I would tell Jesus if He asked me that question. "What do I want?"
The question used in this particular devotional came from the New International Version. Not a bad version of the bible and one that many find helpful in today's world. I use it often to better equip me to share His word.
The New International Version is considered to be a translation that tries to put the bible in a more understandable language. That is the point of a translation, right!
However, the NIV, the NLT, the Berean Study Bible, and the Contemporary English Bible all use the same wording. (and those are only 4 of the hundreds of translations out there. I didn't check all translations, just a lot of them - 28 to be exact.)
And it isn't wrong, and it makes us understand what Jesus was saying.
But is it complete?
Unfortunately, with this particular verse and because often people pull verses out of context, in my opinion, it falls a tiny bit short. Bear with me here.
And the next day he [John the Baptizer] saw Jesus coming to him [John the Baptizer] and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This is He on behalf of whom I [John the Baptizer] said, 'After me comes a man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' ...
So, get the picture?
John the Baptizer had been collecting a following for a long time. His life and his words were transforming people from those that were walking around without relationship with God, to people who were once again beginning to look for the Messiah and get excited about His coming.
And here John the Baptizer is with two of his loyal disciples and he points out Jesus and says:
"Behold the Lamb of God!"
Would you go to find out who John the Baptizer is talking about? I would.
And Andrew did the same.
He went and Jesus asked this question:
"What do you want?"(NLT)
Or in other translations which I find much more in the line of this context:
"What are you looking for?"
"What do you seek?
Now do you see my problem with the translation of this sentence - standing alone - not in context?
Yes, when kept in context the question lets us all know that Jesus wasn't asking John the Baptizer's two disciples, "What do you want? i,e, a new bicycle, a fixed marriage, a better job, a happier life, a husband/wife, me or my kid free of sickness or addiction. "
No, in context Jesus clearly is asking these two disciples, "What do you want? Why are you here? What are you looking for? What do you seek?"
See the difference? Pretty big one, right? See why context is so important?
Pretty big, right?
Jesus asked these men: "What are you looking for?" or "What are you seeking?" not "What do you want?"
Oh my friend. They were seeking the Messiah. They were seeking for a Redeemer, a Savior, a King.
And they found HIM.
What are you seeking? A deeper relationship with the Great God who IS?
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