Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;…
I. A LITTLE REAL KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST PRODUCES THE DESIRE FOR MORE. They had heard the testimony of John. They prized his ministry, for it had done them good, but they now felt that Jesus could do more for them than John.
II. THE TRUE WAY OF INCREASING OUR KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST IS TO FOLLOW HIMSELF. They might have stayed with John and asked for further information. How much there is to be known of Christ which human teachers cannot impart. What is it to follow Christ?
1. Attraction from Christ.
2. Faith in Christ.
3. Submission to Christ.
III. THE SPIRIT OF DEVOUT INQUIRY ALWAYS MEETS WITH THE SAVIOUR'S SYMPATHY AND SMILE.
1. He awakens consciousness. He does not teach in the first instance.
2. He invites confidence. "What can I do for you?"
3. He offers a welcome.
IV. IN FOLLOWING CHRIST THE BELIEVER FINDS MORE THAN HE EXPECTED OR IMAGINED. They remained with Christ and had fellowship with Him. The world often disappoints, but Christ gives more than we can ask or think.
(J. Spence, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;