Invitations always make me feel special. I’m included! Those issuing the invitation want me there with them!
Here in John chapter 1, we find a special invitation.
Two of John the Baptist’s disciples hear him bear record that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the long awaited Messiah!
The two then leave John and follow after Jesus. Curious, and desiring to just be with Him, they ask Jesus where He lives.
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Then in verse 39 Jesus issues the most wonderful of all invitations—
Come and see. John 1:39
And He is still inviting all who will, to “Come and see.” For He gave His life a ransom for all and desires all to be saved. (1 Timothy 2:6)
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
I see in this statement not only an invitation, but also a challenge.
The next day Jesus calls Philip to follow Him. Immediately thinking of his brother, Philip goes to find Nathanael to tell him the good news.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. John 1:45-46
Can’t you just hear the excitement in Philip’s voice? “We have found him!”
But, Nathanael, like many of us has questions and isn’t so easily convinced.
Philip then issues his challenge, “Come and see.” As if to say, “Come and see for yourself.”
Then, why not take Philip’s challenge—“Come and see.” Ask your questions. Jesus isn’t afraid of your questions. He even commends Nathanael for the honesty of his questioning.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. John 1:47
Jesus doesn’t want us to blindly believe. Faith must be grounded in truth. (Acts 17:11)
Therefore, Jesus in His invitation also gives us a promise…”Come and see.” As if to say, “If you come, you will see.”
If we come to Jesus as an honest seeker of truth, and not as one who scorns, then we will see what is true. For…
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: Proverbs 14:6a
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7:17
Jesus tells us that those who are willing to do whatever is revealed as truth, will be shown what God’s truth is. He will show them the truth. And they will see.
Are you a believer still struggling to trust God with your life here and now? Maybe things aren’t as you expected them to be?
Jesus also says to you, “Come and see.” Come to Jesus. Come to His Word, and seek answers to your questions.
Jesus wants you to know—really know—that He loves you, and that He is in control. He will deliver you, provide for you, and carry you through this life.
You can trust Him.
He is ever faithful and true to His promises. Won’t you just give up? Give up your struggle with faith and rest in Him. Do so, and you will see!
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8
If you are like me, you also dream of the day when we will all “Come and see” where Jesus now lives—in heaven!
One of my favorite hymns is What A Day That Will Be, written by Jim Hill. Brian Free & Assurance perform it in the video below. The images are so well chosen for this video that I know it will bless your soul as it did mine!
Truly, what a day that will be!
But until that day…let us do as did Philip…and be excitedly inviting others to “Come and see” Jesus!
Drawing nigh to Him,
This post is part of our John Bible Study.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
Do you have a question that is bothering you and hindering your faith in Christ as Saviour? Please ask here in the Comments, or else send me a message HERE. I would love to talk with you and also direct you to some scriptures that will help you in your search for truth.
As a believer, have you invited anyone lately to “Come and see” Jesus? How did it go? How did they respond?
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