Come and See
“The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the One that Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ ‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathanael asked. ‘Come and see,’ said Philip.” (John 1:43-46, NIrV)
There are powerful lessons to be learned here for any Christian who aspires to be a mighty man or woman of God and walk in God’s power and authority. In this passage, Philip shows us foundational traits and behaviors that will be required of you. You must: (1) be open to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2) be willing to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and turn away from the world (3) believe in Him and follow Him wherever He goes (4) openly confess Jesus as your Lord, and proclaim Him to friends, family, and total strangers (5) act quickly and step out on faith before Satan steps in and takes advantage of your hesitation, doubt and fear (6) be willing to risk ridicule, rejection, and even persecution from others. Nathanael had doubts, biases, and prejudices, and initially refused to believe. Notice Philip’s response to Nathanael’s doubt and questioning. He refused to be put off, debate the issue, try to convince or explain Jesus. He boldly replied, “Come and see.”
Child of God, are you open to God’s Word and His call on your life? Are you willing to believe in Him, accept Him, and follow Him wherever He leads you? Are you willing to openly confess Him to others and risk ridicule and rejection? Are you certain and sure of who He is and who you are in Him?
I encourage you to ask God to give you the faith, confidence, and boldness of Philip. Be willing to tell others that you too have found the One. Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and be willing to say to all who doubt, “Come and see!”
Lord, thank You for this lesson on confident trust and expectant hope in Your Word. I’m thankful I heard Your call. Give me the willingness to confess You as my Lord to all who will listen and the conviction to respond to all who doubt with a simple, “Come and see.” Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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