Come and See

Friday, Sept. 4

John the Baptist was walking along with two of his disciples when he came across Jesus. He said to his two disciples, “Behold,, the Lamb of God.” One of the disciples was Andrew. The second was very likely John, who, as the author of the book of John, was reluctant to call attention to himself. The two were obviously taught by John the Baptist that the Messiah was due to arrive on the scene at any time, no doubt because of Daniel’s prophecy concerning the timing of his coming. Andrew and John were immediately interested. They called Jesus “Rabbi” and asked Jesus where he was staying. Jesus’ answer was “Come and see.” Andrew immediately went looking for his brother, Peter, telling him that they had found the Messiah, and brought him to Jesus. The next day Jesus went to Galilee and found Philip and called him to be a disciple, too. Philip went right away and found his friend, Nathaniel. Nathaniel was a bit of a skeptic and said “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” I’ve always been intrigues by this. What did Jesus want them to see? What did they see that convinced them that Jesus was the Messiah? And even though the disciples showed doubts as to who Jesus was over the course of their discipleship, they all started with something that drew them to Jesus. There was a bond right from the beginning that grew and became their prime focus in life. I heard a sermon long ago in Bolivia that focused on seekers. These men, whether John the Baptist’s disciples or not, were looking for the Messiah. They were seekers. Jesus knew what he was doing when he picked his disciples, later to be called Apostles, men that would be the founding fathers of the church. Throughout church history, “Come and see.” is still pertinent. Too many have rejected Christianity without checking it out. They are not seekers. And that’s where we come in. Unbelievers have to see something radically different in our lives before they will even consider seeking Christ. And that’s why God is in the process of making us holy (sanctification). If we live like the world, we are not only useless, we are counter-productive, a hindrance to people coming to Christ. They need to see what God can do with a seeker. What they see could well determine their eternal destiny!

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