Scripture: John 1:29-42
Key verse: (39a) He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.
Reflection: Come and see. In this gospel of John, this is Jesus’ first conversation. He is approached by two of John the Baptist’s disciples (“disciples” isn’t a specifically Christian word; it means devotees or followers) who want to learn more about him. They ask “Where are you staying?” and Jesus responds “Come and see.”
A gracious invitation. If you are spiritually curious, if you have questions, if you long for purpose and meaning, come and see. Come and see what Jesus is doing. Watch him feed the hungry, heal the sick, challenge the powerful, forgive the sinful. Watch him give himself selflessly, loving the world to the end and then beyond to a new beginning. Following Jesus is an opportunity to watch the Master of Love at work and to learn his way in the world.
Come and see what the Body of Christ is doing today. Watch disciples care for one another, bring a meal when someone is ill, listen when someone is hurting, sit quietly with someone who is heartbroken. Watch disciples love their neighbors, laughing with teenagers at a block party in Grier Heights, reading with a student at Billingsville Elementary School, pouring the foundation for a home in El Salvador. Watch disciples lift their voices in song and pray for the world in worship. Come and see.
Come and see. Open your eyes to look for Jesus today. And follow him to live his way in this world.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, you invite me to follow Jesus. Give me the courage and strength to accept your invitation today. Show me where Jesus is at work and equip me to join him. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].