Come and see
“And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46
Many of Jesus’ disciples were called personally by Jesus Himself, but some were brought to Him by the invitation of the other disciples. Nathanael was invited to “come and see” by Philip and although he wasn’t listed among the twelve, he did come to know that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
Philip looked for Nathanael one day to tell him that they had found the One they were waiting for. To say Nathanael was skeptical would be an understatement. You can hear in his response to Philip’s invitation the doubt and unbelief that was in his heart. Philip was very wise in his answer to Nathanael’s lack of enthusiasm. He didn’t try to convince him based on what Philip had experienced himself, he simply said, “come and check it out for yourself.” It wasn’t long at all before Nathanael was 100% convinced of Philips’ claims.
This same approach can be used today when sharing your faith with others. It can be intimidating to come right out and say, “Jesus is my Savior” or “I’m a Christian”. Saying things like that can sometimes cause a person you are trying to lead to Jesus to shut down immediately. Then they will not hear anything else you have to say after that. However, if you have an approach like, “I know someone who has the answer to all your trouble” or “there is someone who can turn your struggles around.” Then you may have the opportunity to get another sentence in about the things your Heavenly Father has done in your life. When you get a resisting response, don’t take that as a rejection or not interested answer, simply invite them to “come and see for yourself.” Give them the option to make that choice by giving them an invitation to come with you to church or a small group meeting or concert, then they can decide if He’s real or not. Just like He did for Nathanael, He will show Himself to your invited friend in a way that will touch their heart and turn their life toward God.
Today as we approach Christmas, it is the greatest opportunity of the year to invite people to candlelight services, Christmas programs, and concerts. Remind others why we celebrate the day and if the response is unbelieving, invite them to “come and see!” Then leave it up to God to show up and introduce Himself to that person that has questions. He will remove their doubts far from them.
Today’s scripture reading: John 1:43-51