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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

come and see

On Bible Reading Fellowship, one of the members was feeling bad because he wasn't able to do as much reading as was needed. Someone posted a link fof an audio bible. I LOVE it I've pretty much ignored the online audio Bibles because they were mostly in NIV which is not true to the Gospel in many places... BUT this one is on Bible Gateway and you have the option to choose your translation. All morning I've been playing the readings First in Matthew, now in John, while I played some of the mindless facebook games etc. It was great. And while I was doing something else, the Lord said, "Hey! Pay attention. Listen to this!" So I stopped and listened. Fantastic. I love the way God operates! This is what He wanted me to hear.

Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph”. And Nathanael said unto him, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip saith unto him,” Come and see.” John 1: 45-46

When Phillip called Nathanael to come and meet Jesus, Nathanael said, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Phillip had a very simple answer for the question, “Come and see.” What confidence Phillip had in Jesus! He didn’t have to give a whole list of explanations and examples and tell all about the events at the baptism, he just said, “come and see.”

Jesus was a plain carpenter the son of Joseph who lived in Nazareth. There was nothing about Him socially or physically to make Him of any special note. The only thing He had to recommend Him was the fact that His life was so filled with the glory of God and God’s righteousness that Phillip was able to see it immediately. And it was so blindingly evident that he ran and called Nathanael. He didn’t have to offer evidence or verification. He could only say “come and see.” How much greater evidence can we offer?

We need to live such close and righteous lives for the Lord that anyone of our acquaintances can say to their sinner friends, “I know a real child of God. She/he lives a righteous life.” And when the friends are skeptical they need only say, “Come and see.”

We can be very righteous and sanctimonious in church service or when we set our minds to witness, but when someone catches us unawares, what are they seeing? Do our co-workers and those we meet casually see the same thing in us that Phillip saw in Christ? Do they see a Christ-like life? Do they see a life that gives them confidence in the fact that there are still men and women of God in this sinful and hypocritical world? Are they able by seeing our life to be convinced that there truly are such things as real Christians? And finally can they have such confidence in us that they can say to anyone at any time, “Come and see what I’ve found!”?
(And always remembere, before I can post anything here, I have to submit to the message first. So don't ever feell like I'm preaching to anyone. I'm just passing on th emessage I got preached to me by the Holy Spirit.)

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