Scripture: John 1:43-51
Key verse: (50) “You will see greater things than these.”
Reflection: “Come and see.” That’s what my friend said when he invited me on a canoeing trip through the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada — the Boundary Waters. “Come and see,” he said. I’m not much of an outdoorsman. In fact, I’d never been on a canoe trip in my life. “What’s it like?” I asked. “Come and see,” he said. He is one of the people I admire most in ministry. He has been taking this trip for over a decade. He has as much integrity as anyone I know. So I went. It was amazing. Something about the vastness of the wilderness puts your world in proper perspective. I needed that trip at that time in my life. My friend knew it. “Come and see,” he said. And I did.
“Come and see,” said Philip to Nathanael. “We’ve found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote. Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Philip was talking about much more than a beautiful journey through an untamed wilderness. He was talking about finding the Messiah. Nathanael quips back, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I love his honesty. He is the patron saint of skeptics. But his friend Philip simply replies, “Come and see.” And he does. And his life is forever changed. He sees water turned to wine. He sees the lame walk. He sees the blind receive their sight. He sees the dead brought back to life. He sees the world respond by brutally torturing the Lord of Love, executing him on a Roman cross. And in an upper room, behind locked doors, he sees him transformed on the other side of death. He comes. He sees. And nothing is ever the same again.
“Come and see.” Perhaps it’s the best evangelistic invitation ever extended. Come and see. Dare we invite a friend to come and see? Might they come? Perhaps if they see us as people of integrity, people who can be trusted. What might they see? The Word made flesh, dwelling among us, full of grace and truth? Isn’t that what the church is called to do? Isn’t this what we are empowered to be? May it be so in our lives, and through the life and ministry of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
Prayer: Loving God, give us the courage to be Philip for the Nathanael’s of our world. Empower your church to embody the grace and truth we know in Christ, that our witness might embody your life and love. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].