What if we talked more about the Jesus we love and less about the imperfect church we attend with other imperfect people like ourselves? Why do we begin conversations to those seeking Jesus with “You should come to my church, we have a great______ ? (We fill in the blank with pastor, worship team, rocking band, etc.) We all do it. We have good intentions, but…
What if we just tell the Truth of Who Jesus is, encouraging others to come and see, too. Why don’t we begin with Jesus at the beginning, saying, “He unconditionally loves me and He loves you, too. He is simply waiting for you to come and see for yourself! I love him with all that is in me because He loved me first. He walks with me. I see Him in every detail of my life. He gives me peace during hard times in my life and hope for my future.”
“He is my strength when I’m don’t feel so strong. I know He is my Savior, who died for my sin and rose again to prepare a forever home for all of us who believe.”
Because, guess what? That’s what those seeking Jesus want to hear! It’s Jesus who brought them to you, now we need to tell them Who He is and What He has done and is doing and will do!
It’s Jesus who drew followers to Himself when He walked this earth. Not what was going on at the local synagogues…Mm, food for thought.
John 1, The Message
Come, See for Yourself
35-36 The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.”
37-38 The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.”
They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.
40-42 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus.
Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”).
43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)
45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.”
But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.”
47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.”
48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.”
Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.”
49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!”
50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”
Dear Heavenly Father, YES, we found You and Your Son’s saving mercy and grace! That is the bottom line for pointing the way for others to find You! Thank you for this passage that speaks volumes about showing others the path to You…so they might see for themselves how much You love us. I remember and pray Paul’s prayer for boldness and clarity this morning:
“2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4, NLT)
In Jesus Name, Amen