John the Baptist said to two of his disciples, “Behold the Lamb of God” as Jesus walked by them. Such wondrous words coming from the Baptist inspired the two men to follow after this Lamb. Jesus asked them what they sought. “Where are You staying?” they replied. He said to them, “Come and see.”
The text (John 1:35-50) tells us they spent the evening abiding with Jesus. “One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” Andrew made a beeline to his brother and declared, “We have found the Messiah.” And he brought Peter to Jesus. I can just see Andrew tugging on Peter’s arm and hear him pleading, “Come and see!”
The very next day Jesus found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Philip did just that and then made a beeline for his friend Nathanael. “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael scoffed, “Nazareth, that one-horse-town if ever there was one, producing the Christ?” (Paraphrased) Philip said to Nathanael, “Come and see.”
Moses in the law, the prophets, John the Baptist and all of the Scripture proclaim that Jesus of Nazareth is “the Messiah (which is translated, the Christ).” Such wondrous testimony coming from these Spirit-filled men of God should inspire us to follow after Him. Are you and I seeking to be where He is? Have we responded to His invitation to “Come and see?” Having come and seen, are we abiding with Him?
If the answer is no, for what do we wait? If it is yes, how can we not make a beeline to our Peter’s, our Nathanael’s, and everyone God brings to us and witness to them: “We have found the Messiah! Come and see!”
“Come and see.”