July 27, 2020

John 1:46 But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” The Message Bible

Phillip had encountered Jesus and was all excited. He “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!” (45). Nathaniel blows him off saying “can anything good come out of Nazareth!” Phillip could have responded several different ways. He could have gotten angry with Nathaniel saying “you never take me seriously!” He might have gotten vindictive with him saying “you’ll find out but then it will be too late.” He could have silently sulked and walked away. Instead he offered an invitation that was also a challenge: “Come, see for yourself.” Rulers in days gone by were sometimes given the title “Defender of the Faith.” Does God really need us to defend him? I don’t think so. But aren’t we glad when we want to share something good with someone we care about? “You’ve gotta see that movie!” “Come on over and we’ll watch the game.” Check out that restaurant- best meal I’ve ever had.” When it comes to Jesus, maybe you are still in the process of coming and seeing for yourself. What are you seeing? Is it exciting enough to share?

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