Devotional & Reflection

Week 1, Apr 2002

John 1:46-50: Come And See
By Pang Hee Hung, Director & Trainer, Katartizo Resources & Ezra Resources

John 1:46 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
v47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."
v48 "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
v49 Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
v50 Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that."
v51 He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

Do we really believe in Jesus and that Jesus is Lord over everything? Are we daring enough of this fact and have the faith to invite others to see Jesus - in us and in our churches? Are we living a life worthy in the manner of the calling the Lord has summoned us? Dare we invite people to "come and see" us in order that they can come and see Jesus in us.

Dare we invite people to "come and see" our interest groups, our small groups and our church? When visitors come - do they see love rather than resentment; crediting others rather than crediting ourselves; praising others rather than politicking; giving glory to God rather than directing attention to self; looking at the interest of others rather than hoarding selfish ambition; encouragement rather than self-righteousness; lording over others rather than serving others; and humility rather than talking down to people and of other people?

When visitors come, can we say confidently to them that, "you shall see greater things than that?" "You shall see heaven open!"

Is there God's presence, his peace, his shalom - a state of bliss and blessing, his power for healing?

In short, when visitors come, do they see Jesus?

Reflect on all the questions raised?

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