35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Some people do have a herd mentality. If somebody points out and says that there is a movie star heading into that hotel, people will start to move in that direction. The Toronto International Film Festival created a lot of buzz with celebrities at their opening screenings of their films. People would stay updated on where the celebrity sighting will take place outside of the screenings to get a closer look. Perhaps they can bump into them at the same restaurant and get an autograph. Large crowds gathered and the media would gather at the red carpet to catch a glimpse of their favourite star.
John the Baptist made a profound proclamation when he saw Jesus. He called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In Matthew, John is calling the Pharisees a brood of vipers. I don’t think the Pharisees saw Jesus as being the Lamb of God, but John and Andrew took notice and started to follow him. After Andrew followed Jesus, it was natural for him to reach out to his brother Simon and tell him about Jesus. No doubt, there were many crowds who followed Jesus, but in the end, it comes down to a personal interaction between Jesus and John and Andrew. Imagine Jesus looking right at them and asking them “What do you want?” Jesus wants us to be eager in wanting to know him and to follow him on his red carpet. Jesus gave them an invitation to them to come and see for themselves.