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Come and See

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 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?” 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. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 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). The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (John 1:35-51, NRSV)

There is so much to this passage.

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

How do you know me?

You will see greater things.

But to me, the best line is in the opening of the text.

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?” He said to them, “Come and see.”
Come and see. Jesus says to John’s disciples, “Come and see,” They want to know where He is staying and rather than answering the question He offers an invitation to them and to us all.

God wants us to come and see where He is and what He is doing.

Are you ready to come and see?

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Come and see

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;  sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.  All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.” Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.  He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations—let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs; you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows,  those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. (Psalm 66, NRSV)

Come and see the great works of God, for He is awesome in all of His dealings with mankind!

We have rebelled against God, yet He remains faithful to His promises and us His people!

So come and see. And bring a friend so all of the world will know of His great love!

 

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any one who wishes

“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. (Revelation 22:16-17, NRSV)

Anyone who wishes can take the water of life!

What a wonderful gift!

We are all able to come and be quenched of our thirst, and the water of life is available to us, all we need to do is come and partake!

So what are you waiting for?

 

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Come!

Here is a great chorus that is what we need to sing every time we come to the table of God!

 

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Worship

worshipMake a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100, NRSV)

We can not come to church…

We tell our children on Saturday night and Sunday morning that we will be going to worship, because we can not go to church. We are the church. All of us together are the church.

We gather in an assembly to worship. And that is something we do. Not something that is done for us, or to us. It is an action we do to the Lord. We give Him honor and respect, and deem Him worthy of our praise.

The psalmist of Psalm 100 has a lot of action we do:

Worship
Come
Singing
Enter
Give

We do these things in honor and glory for God. These are not things done to or for us, they are things we do for God!

So do not think you are coming to worship to recharge your battery, you are coming to be a full participant in a declaration of how worthy our God is! We are not spectators but full on participants in an adoration of the one who made us!

So Worship the Lord with gladness and let the whole world know how much you love Him by show it!

 

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Come and see…

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! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 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.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 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?’ 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. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). 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). (John 1:29-42, NRSV)

Isn’t it interesting how we think we know what happened at Jesus baptism…

I mean Jesus went to John and they went down into the Jordan river and John baptized Jesus.

But is that what it says in the above reading?

John says ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 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.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

He saw the spirit descending, but he doesn’t say when. He doesn’t say he baptized Jesus. We assume from the other gospel stories that John did this, but John does not say he did. He merely reports what he saw happen.

Which is what Andrew does. Andrew goes and tells Simon that he needs to come and see the Messiah.

The one who will be the foundation of the church is invited to come and see.

And Jesus invites the disciple to some and see…

And there you have evangelism in a nutshell…

We need to see what God is doing, tell others and then ask them to come and see.

 

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