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Come & See

The first invitation of Jesus is “Come and see”. Come and see that He is good. Like a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl of great price, He’s worth everything.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! (Matthew 13:44-45)

Have you discovered the infinite joy of knowing and experiencing Jesus?

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Following Jesus

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
Once John’s disciples heard the declaration, they immediately leave John and cast their lot with Jesus. They are not making a tentative inquiry but a whole-hearted commitment to follow Him.

A visit

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. (John 1:38-39)
Were they motivated by idle curiosity or by a real desire to know Him? When asked, “What do you want?” the disciple’s response implies the matter could not be settled in a few minutes. They desired a long conversation. Jesus invites the pair to “Come and see,” an invitation to travel at length.

The Messiah

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). (John 1:40-41)
After spending an evening with Jesus, Andrew finds his brother and announces he found the Christ. There were many claiming to be the Messiah during this time and Andrew may have thought Jesus another candidate. As John’s gospel unfolds, Jesus demonstrates He is the true Messiah.

Bringing people to Jesus

Andrew is found throughout the gospel of John bringing people to Jesus, starting with his brother Simon.

Experiencing Jesus leaves a burden to tell Him to others.”

A new name

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). (John 1: 42)
Andrew, in his excitement, brings Simon to Jesus. Jesus gives him a new name, Cephas, meaning “rock.” (John 1:42) The name change points to the nature change made possible by the power of God. He was to bear the character of “the rock man.”

Godly character

Jesus looks past human deficiencies and sees godly potential. He looks at Simon, a impulsive, volatile, and unreliable guy and knows God can transform him into the person God designed him to be. Every time Peter falls short of his new name, Jesus refers to him as Simon (Matt 17:25, John 21:15, & Luke 22:31). Whenever godly character is not manifested, a new name in Christ is no longer upheld.

The challenge

Come and see that Jesus is good. Spend time with Him and bring others to the Savior. Live in a way worthy of a new name in Christ.

What practices are you putting in place to maintain godly character? Share your comments below.

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