By Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour…The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see (John 1: 37-38 44-36).
In the aforesaid text, there are two instances noted when individuals are invited to “Come and See”. 1) John’s disciples hear Jesus speak and then follow Him. They ask Jesus, where He lives, and He says, “Come and See”. 2) The following day, Jesus calls Philip to follow Him. Then, Philip summons Nathaniel to “Come and See” the One that Moses and the prophets wrote about. Without a doubt, this same invitation is still open-the invitation to follow Christ and live forever.
Persons may be alarmed by the negative events or happenings throughout the world and lost hope in systems or political structures. But, we must never lose hope in Jesus the Christ. In fact, we must be intentional and deliberate in inviting others to “Come and See” our Savior which is the hope of the world.
There have been many invitations extended to individuals which have closed. But, the invitation to Christ is still open to persons who are willing to accept it. Certain invitations come with an RSVP to let the host know if the individual will attend or not. Jesus is inviting everyone in the world to “Come and See” what great things He has prepared for those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior. According to scripture, we do not know when the invitation to “Come and See” will close, but for now, the invitation is still open.
My desire is to tell this audience that things will get better with time; however, I am not certain about that. Nevertheless, I am certain that we as Christians must invite others to “Come and See” our risen Savior while the invitation is still open.