John 1:39-39a. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, 'What are you looking for?' They said to him, 'Rabbi' (which translated means Teacher), 'where are you staying?' He said to them, 'Come and see.'
John packs a lot to reflect on into these three terse lines of dialogue, in an exchange between Jesus and two of his followers. The “them” and “they” in the passage refer to two disciples of John the Baptist, who moments earlier had heard John declare that Jesus was the Lamb of God, and who, after hearing this, started following him. Jesus’s question to these two people he had never met before is at once both penetrating and challenging, and I think it is striking that they choose to ask a question in response instead of answering him. It is as if, between hearing his question and offering their reply, they have already surrendered and acknowledged their own fragility and brokenness, and asked only if they can accompany him, to learn what they obviously do not yet know. Jesus’s reply to their question, in this context, seems to me a merciful one – an invitation for us all to follow him, without fear, and with the promise of greater understanding to come.
— David Paranchych