Come and See (Thoughts on John 1:43-51)

1. When you’re a child, two of the most important words you’ll ever say are “come and see”.

2. When you’re a Christian, two of the most important words you’ll ever say are “come and see”.

3. We go to Christ as often as we bring Christ to others. (See John 1:43-51) Meeting Jesus beyond the confines of the traditional church is sometimes more likely than seeing him in church. We speak of “finding” Jesus when in fact; we are the ones who’ve been found.

4. The coming (or going) is never over. The seeing is never complete, even when we think we are blind or so jaded by the world that’s passed before us.

5. Here’s another important key: If we’re saying “Coming and See” and we’re bringing people home to meet Jesus, he ought to be here. This place and our lives ought to be reflective of the love of God.  People ought to be friendly, the bathrooms clean, the church warm, the worship not boring, music lively (that doesn’t mean drum sets), and generally down to Earth.

6. If we’re headed beyond our door, “Going to Look and See”, we need to be prepared to see Jesus at work in unexpected people and places.

7. Once we’ve been looked at and seen, do we remain invisible? Is it ever possible to remain hidden once we’ve encountered Jesus? After we’re seen by Jesus, is it ever possible to be unseen?

8. If we want to draw a parallel between Jesus’ interactions in John 1 and Samuel’s call it would be this: once we’ve heard God, can we ignore what we’ve just heard?

9. God knows our responses, according to the Psalm, while we’re still working out the pros and con and asking for feedback from our friends on line. If God needs us, public opinion is irrelevant. If God needs us, this means real people have a need of our gifts, skills, and abilities. God calls Samuel, Philip, and us for a reason. We are not on retainer.

10. Anger will mess with your head. Love will enrage your enemies. Find an enemy to love. The Psalm tells us God knows us beyond our anger. God knows you like your barber or hairdresser.  God hems us in with a warm towel and love.  God knows us.  God’s knowledge of our lives redirects our energy, emotions, and priorities.  Ask Philip and Samuel.

11. The world will say the conditions are never good to do the moral thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Time is neither right nor wrong. Time is not moral quantity. If Jesus is calling, if the breach is real, we act now; whatever the hour.

12. Jesus told Philip the truth about himself. We have a responsibility to do the same. We should tell the truth about Jesus. He is who he is. Jesus isn’t our American idol. If you don’t believe me, come and see. It’s here in this book.