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Come and See

Rev.Tetteh-Annor Larbi | February 3, 2024 | John 1:35-39

 


KEY VERSE:

“Come, “he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. John 1:39 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

In our focal text for today, we learn of a special invitation Jesus extended to the two men who followed him after he had been revealed as the Lamb of God by John the Baptist. He said to them, "Come and see." These straightforward yet deeply meaningful words resonate across time, offering an inclusive invitation to anyone desiring a deeper and more intimate knowledge of Him. He didn’t offer an elaborate explanation or present a list of requirements to Andrew and another disciple when they expressed their desire to spend time with Him. He welcomed them with open arms and invited them to come and experience His presence for themselves.


This invitation is not limited to Andrew and his companion; it is extended to each one of us today. Jesus invites us to come and see who He is, to encounter His love, grace, and power firsthand. It's an invitation to journey with Him, to walk alongside Him, and to discover the depth of His character and the richness of His blessings.

 

In responding to Jesus' invitation to come and see, we must approach Him with open hearts and minds. We must set aside our preconceived notions and allow Him to reveal Himself to us in new and profound ways. And as we encounter Jesus, our lives will be transformed, our faith deepened, and our hearts filled with awe and wonder at the beauty of who He is.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Have you answered the divine invitation to come and experience Jesus? He is inviting you to come and to submit all areas of your life for a transforming experience. Take a step towards Him and make a move into His widely opened arms.

 

PRAYER:

Turn this song into your prayer today. “Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: COME


The term "come" in the Greek text is translated from "ἔρχομαι" (erchomai). "ἔρχομαι" signifies a movement from one place to another, indicating an action of approach.


In John 1:39, Jesus invites the two disciples who were following Him to "come" and see where He is staying. The invitation goes beyond physical proximity; it's an invitation to experience, know, and dwell in His presence. "Come" in this context is an invitation to a deeper level of relationship. It's an invitation to witness and experience Jesus' life, perhaps signifying an openness to share in His teachings and mission.


The mention of seeing where Jesus is staying suggests more than a physical location; it implies an invitation to abide with Him, signifying the intimacy of a personal relationship.


The term "come" aligns with the broader biblical theme of God inviting humanity into a relationship with Him. Jesus, as the incarnate God, extends this invitation to a personal encounter.


Reflections:

How do you respond to Jesus' invitation to "come" and see? In your spiritual journey, how have you experienced the deeper invitation to dwell in His presence and know Him more intimately?

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