Day 18: Come and See

Read: Start by reading John 1:38–39 out loud. 

Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. —John 1:38–39 NIV

Meditate: When John’s disciples learned about Jesus, they quickly followed Him. Jesus asked what they wanted, and they at least had the idea that they wanted to know where He was staying. They likely wanted to know all about Him. Where did He live, and what did He eat? (After all, John the Baptist had been eating locusts and wild honey!) What was He teaching? What great words of wisdom could He give them?

Jesus did not turn them away. He invited them to come and see, and He invites us to do the same.

Read John 1:38–39 again. 

  • Spend some time waiting in His presence.
  • Praise Him that His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22–23).
  • Thank Him for His faithfulness.

 What an exciting adventure these men were about to experience! They would see Jesus turn water into wine and break a few loaves and fish to feed thousands of people. While they were watching, Jesus would give sight to the blind, heal the sick, and even raise some from the dead. 

Even before Jesus came to earth, the Scripture pointed to God’s goodness. Psalm 34 invites us to see how God cares for His people. Verse 8 gives a beautiful word picture about God: “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (NIV).

Notice: John the Baptist pointed his own followers to Jesus. Examine your relationships. Are you inviting others to come and see Jesus? As you listen to their problems, how are you pointing them to Jesus, Who can give them the peace they need? If we are serious about helping a hurting world, we’ll need to point them to Jesus, Who can make them whole. 

Why not start today? Invite someone to experience Christ. What church event, perhaps an outreach ministry, exemplifies Christ? Find a way to help them attend.

Pray: As you make up your bed today, take time to pray and ask God to show you how you can introduce those you know to Christ and His rest from striving to earn salvation on our own. Then, follow up in obedience as God places someone on your heart. Simply pray and invite them to come and see.