“He said to them, ‘Come and you will see.’” John 1:39
Throughout the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we are given insight into Jesus calling the first disciples. We see how two disciples in particular, Andrew and Simon Peter, are quick to follow Jesus as soon as they recognize him as the Messiah. Shortly before the verse above, Andrew and Simon Peter ask Jesus where he is staying. While some may interpret this as a question of the physical nature of where Jesus may rest his head at night, it is actually quite the opposite. Andrew and Simon Peter ask Jesus where he is staying to get a better understanding of his heart and who he is. In an essence, the two are asking Jesus not what the floor plan of his house is, but instead what the floor plan of his heart is.
The two are doing their best to confirm that Jesus is indeed the Messiah that John had been making way for. Jesus replies in the verse above, in a simple invitation to the two disciples. His response “come and see” invites the two to begin their journey with Jesus. This journey would reveal Jesus’ heart, miracles of healing and redemption, and other events that are only explainable by Jesus’ divine nature. This journey unfolds throughout the entire Gospel of John, and it begins with a simple invitation from Jesus.
Just as Jesus invited Andrew and Simon Peter, he also extends the same invitation to us in modern times. He invites us to come and see Him and openly extends his hand to us to form a relationship with Him. He invites us to join him on the journey of a lifetime, a journey that will continue on for all eternity if only we will accept his invitation. Jesus has so much for us to see and to learn from him. Often times, we need to simply approach God with a similar mindset.
Lord, what do you want me to come and see? Whether you are new to Christianity, and you are just now beginning to read and understand the Bible, or you are seasoned in your faith, the invitation remains the same for us all. Come and see what the Lord is doing. Come and see what he is capable of doing and teaching you each and every day. Just as Andrew and Simon Peter did, follow Jesus and see where your journey takes you.
I want to come to know you and I want to see you. God please help me to obediently follow you, and help me to open my eyes so that I can see what you are doing in my life and in the world around me.
In Jesus Name,