Jesus said to them, “Come and see.”
“Come and see” are Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of John. Two disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus a question, trying to get a feel for where he was coming from. But Jesus declined to answer directly or explain himself. “Come and see” was all he said. Strange. Why doesn’t the “Word made flesh” say more?
Take notice of newly-built stores and restaurants. Their street-facing walls are nearly always glass: huge windows. People want to see what’s happening inside before they decide to come in. And yet, how often have the most important people or events in your life been complete surprises?
For those two disciples--Jesus’ first--John the Baptist was their great window onto Jesus. He painted the picture for them. John said what he saw in Jesus and told them who Jesus is. They were drawn to Jesus.
Rather than say any more, Jesus simply invited them to experience for themselves, maybe because it’s indescribable. Like what people mean when they say, “You had to be there.”
“Where are you staying?” they asked. “Come and see.” “Stay with me,” Jesus seemed to say. ”Be here with me and you’ll see.”
Who was your window onto Jesus? What did they say or do that attracted you? When you came closer, what did Jesus show you? Who have you told about what you saw? What if this is the reason God sent you--that Jesus might be revealed?
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)