Daily Worship

Come and See!

Amanda MacQuarrie January 19, 2023 0 0
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John 1: 29-42 (NRSVA)

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ 32 And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 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?’ 39 He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).

There is an excitement and an urgency in these verses.

The excitement of those who meet Jesus jumps off the page in John’s gospel. Something happens for Andrew in his meeting with Jesus that the first thing he does is go and grab his brother Simon Peter and encourage him to meet Jesus too…

Come and See!

An urgency and an expectation… that what Andrew has experienced Simon Peter will too.

And the same is true for Philip. When he meets Jesus the first thing he does is run and tell Nathanael to come and see for himself.

To see Jesus,

And all that he does…

With their own eyes.

To experience it… him… for themselves.

That’s what we’re invited to too…

A meeting, a relationship… a journeying together… an unveiling and a seeing.

I often wonder what it was about Jesus that made those men run to grab those closest to them in awe so that they could come to know him too…

I wonder what shifted within them, what moved them, what convinced them… in that short moment of meeting…

Where does Jesus move and motivate you? Where do you see God at work in your life? Who do you want to invite to come and see?

 

PRAYER:

 

Forgiver,

Healer,

Restorer…

You invite me to come,

To journey with you,

To look with your eyes…

And to see…

 

When I look at my life, may I see the places you’ve enabled growth…

May I see the fruit of the seeds you’ve planted within me…

And move me…

Excite me.

That I might rush to share the wonder of you in my life with others…

That that invitation…

‘Come and see’

Might burst forth from within me

And others too may come to experience the wonder of you for themselves.

Amen