“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
Daily Bible Reading: Job 40:6 – 42:17
Relate: “What do you want?” Then “Come and see.” Later, “Your name is Simon, son of John. But you will be called Cephas.” Finally, “Come, follow me.” These four brief statements are all we have recorded of Jesus so far in the book of John. Two of them are calls to come. When Nathanael sends his doubts that the product of Nazareth could be the One, Philip echoes the only command Jesus has given. “Come.” Jesus hasn’t begun to teach yet. He hasn’t performed any miracles yet. He hasn’t begun to mentor his disciples outside of that one day the two spent with Him. So Philip couldn’t have known much, but what he did know he shared.
React: I am a huge fan of knowledge and learning. For me a good time on my day off is settling into one of those comfy chairs at Barnes and Noble with a good book and some coffee. I am a firm believer that the pursuit of knowledge and understanding is a divine undertaking that each of us, as Christians are called to. But if we are hoarding that knowledge, or if the lack of it is preventing us from speaking and stepping out then it has become an idol in our life. Philip and Andrew both could not have known much but what little they did know, they echoed. Jesus said come and see. Philip said come and see. Are we telling people the same? What if they ask a question and we aren’t sure of the answer? Well, have them come and find out for themselves. What if they have doubts or philosophical questions we might not be able to answer. A true encounter with Jesus will sweep all that away. So point them to Jesus. Pull them to Jesus. Pester them until they relent. Grab their hand and drag them along. Get behind them and push on their shoulders. Whatever it takes, compel them to come… and see… for themselves.
God, I’m not always the best at echoing You. All too often I am tooting my own horn instead. Help silence the noise and static that emanates from my life so that when I speak, people hear only You. Let me be an echo of Your call to the world to come and see. Help me to resonate with Your passion to seek and save the lost so that they will look and be found. Silence any noise that isn’t You until the entire world reverberates with Your love.