Faith

Come and See

MW Editor’s Note: Jesus had four key phrases he used to invite people to be his disciples: Come and See, Follow Me, Be in Me, and Remain in Me. Over the next while, we will take a look at each phrase. Truth is, every person on the planet is at one of those key phrases. The question is, where are you? Read on!

The most important thing about you is what you believe about God; more specifically, what you believe about Jesus.  

For most of the world, Jesus is very low on their list of interests. Good teacher, nice guy, but God? Are you stringing me along? A young man in India is the most friendliest Hindu I know. So kind, polite. Intelligent. He sees Jesus as one of many gods, just not the supreme God of the Universe.  Virginia, the little old lady who attends the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall down the street thinks Jesus is a good teacher, the brother of Lucifer, but not God in the flesh. A college student who grew up in a very solid Christian home went to Bible College only to graduate as an agnostic. Does Jesus exist? Probably, but he isn’t God. There’s a man down the street who believes in Jesus. He acknowledges his death on the cross and his resurrection but isn’t sure his sacrifice was enough to secure our salvation. For him, we have to keep working hard to seal the deal for heaven.

Then there’s you

What you believe about Jesus is the most important thing about you. Before you conclude truth is what you choose to believe, the basis for it all is who Jesus says he is. There is no other person in the universe who has a more accurate understanding of his own identity. When Jesus makes a claim about himself, it is unequivocally true. 

But, some doubt

As Jesus started his ministry, he called men to become His disciples; to follow him, to believe in him. In that process, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew joined Jesus. The next day Jesus finds Philip, who finds Nathanael.  Philip is so caught up that he had found Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, that he was eager to tell Nathanael.  Notice Nathanael’s response is quite telling, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nazareth is a small hicktown. It wasn’t Jerusalem or some other big Israeli city. How is it that the God of the Universe in human flesh comes from nowhere Israel? Nathanael doubted. His construct of who the true Messiah was and who Jesus was didn’t match up. And yet, Philip invites Nathanael with those infamous words “Come and see.” 

Look what happens next

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”  John 1 ESV

Nathanael knew the Messiah was to come. Was it during his lifetime or in some future generation of Jews?  This Jesus was causing a stir. Nathanael’s doubts were real. He had to come to terms with who Jesus claimed to be. It’s what Nathanael asks next that turns the tied. “How do you know me?” Known by Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus wasn’t just a good teacher (Rabbi) to Nathanael.  His eyes were opened to the true Jesus. Son of God and King of Israel.  

John 14:6

Lifted Veils

I was 12 when I first saw Jesus for who he claimed to be; “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” John 14:6. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” I can’t say that my belief was smooth sailing after that. I was saved but my faith, my understanding of what it meant that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, has been a journey ever since. Faith can grow because it’s about a relationship. Jesus knows me like he knows Nathanael, and Philip and Peter and Andrew and John, and you. Yes, you.

I have no idea

Where you are with Jesus is the most important thing about your life. I’d like to think you are walking in this tight-knit relationship. Maybe you are like my Hindu friend who sees Jesus as a good god, but not who he claims to be. Or maybe you are like the agnostic college student from a Bible College. 

Who is Jesus?

Not who you think he is, but who he says he is. I invite you to “Come and see”. 

One cannot follow Jesus until one comes and sees who he is.

Want to learn more about Jesus? Follow this link to a concise article that will examine Jesus’ claims.

https://www.str.org/w/jesus-unique-claims-about-himself

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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