When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
"Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. John 1:35-39 (NIV)
In my opinion John used the perfect introduction. Everyone get your eyes on this One for He is the one that will pay the price and it will be a one time deal. He is the one we have been waiting for. The days of sacrificing a lamb in the morning and a lamb in the evening for the peoples sins would soon be gone. Only God could provide the perfect sacrifice.
So the disciples left John and followed after Jesus. For John had prepared the people to follow Jesus. Everything John did pointed people to their coming Savior. And here John witnesses the fruit of his labor, and see the disciples walk after the One. John's purpose had been fulfilled.
Jesus sees them. I just love these precious words, you see Jesus doesn't miss a thing, He sees everything! So, He sees them following after Him and asks them a question. Which is another favorite part of Scripture for me...I love when Jesus asks the questions. He is initiating the conversation, He is reaching out in a loving relationship!
"What do you want?"
I believe Jesus is asking this in a very loving, and inviting way. His question is saying that it is not enough to just follow after Him, we need to do it for the right reasons. Those right reasons are His. If we don't know what they are then we need to be asking Him to show us. It is not okay for me to follow Him for my purposes. That would be me asking Him to follow me, which is not a good idea at all!
Do I follow Jesus for me? Or for Him?
Do I want Jesus for me? Or do I want Jesus for Him?
Am I seeking my glory? Or seeking glory for Him?
For they are seeking to know more of who He is, and to be in relationship with Him.
For they want more of Him.
Jesus invites them,
"Come and you will see."
Jesus knew their hearts, He knew they were truly seeking Him and He would reveal more of Himself to them.
So the disciples went and spent the day with their Teacher.
May we accept His invitation and spend time with Him!