“COME AND SEE!”
When do you use or hear this phrase?
Seems like usually it is said excitedly and followed up by, “Hurry!”
When someone is anxious for me to come and see something, s/he wants me to come see it NOW.
Often, it is something that doesn’t happen very often…like a beautiful multi-colored rainbow in the sky. It may be a significant milestone…like when a baby starts to crawl or walk for the first time. I still remember many special milestone events when my boys were growing up. I always wanted to capture them on film so that I could share these significant events with my extended family and friends. It might be something beautiful like an amazing fluorescent sunset or sun rays shining through the clouds. A completed project, a home renovation or major school assignment is usually worthy of a “Come and see!” If there is a news story or Facebook post that someone thinks I would be interested in seeing, I may be asked to “Come and see!”
These days, we are inundated with all kinds of things to see on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. The vast amount of things we have access to these days to “Come and see!” could keep us on the internet or cell phones for hours and hours.
But, I think the things that are the most significant…the most meaningful…the most life-changing…are often the things that are shared with us by someone we know… someone we trust…someone we love.
We share the things that matter to us…with the people that matter to us.
In the book of John, I find it intriguing that when two young men saw Jesus for the first time, they wanted to follow Him. These two men were John and Andrew, both fishermen that fished often on the Sea of Galilee. I’m sure they were very curious about who Jesus was, but they also must have felt safe enough to follow Him.
John 1:38-39 says: “Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
“Come,” He replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where He was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.”
After spending a day with Jesus, the Bible tells us in John 1:41, “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon Peter and tell him.
We share the things we care about…with the people we care about.
The next day there is another interaction with Jesus, this time with Philip. And it says in John 1:45: “Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote– Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Nathanael doubted…but his friend, Philip told him to “Come and see!”
These meaningful interactions with Jesus made a huge impact on these young men and the first thing they wanted to do was to tell the ones close to them about what they had seen…Andrew told his brother, Simon Peter, and Philip told his good friend, Nathanael.
My Mom’s life was always overflowing with kindness and joy. She served others with her whole heart and with great love. In her 40s, her life became more and more about her faith in and love for Jesus…Her life became one of “Come and see!” She was like a window we could look through to see Jesus. She was always pointing me and so many others to Him, in how she lived and how she loved.
We share the things we love…with the people we love.
My hope and prayer is that my life, too, is one of “Come and see!”