11th July 2017

Come And You Will See

“When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning round, 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.’”
John 1:36-39 (NIVUK)

The Gospel of John begins by revealing the pre-existence of the Son and his subsequent incarnation. It continues by showing how the significance of the incarnation was progressively revealed to the disciples and their reaction to it.

When two of John the Baptist’s disciples heard John bear witness that Jesus was the Lamb of God, they left John and began to follow Jesus. Upon seeing them, Jesus asked what do you want? The disciples replied Rabbi, where are you staying? It is interesting to note that although they recognised Jesus as a Rabbi, they did not ask for a ruling on some point of law or to ask which rules and regulations to obey, rather they wanted to know more about Jesus. Jesus gave the simple reply, come and you will see. In other words, come and be with me and learn first-hand about who I am and what I am like. It is important that each of us is willing to investigate, to ask, to personally consider just who is Jesus. Before their stay with Jesus they thought him to be a Rabbi, a teacher, but after their personal encounter they realised he was the Messiah. Of course, they had much to learn about the purpose and role of the Messiah, they had to grow in grace and knowledge, but they had begun their spiritual journey with Jesus.

After being called by Jesus, Philip told Nathaniel, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” to which Nathaniel replied, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:45-46). Unfortunately, Nathaniel made false assumptions about Jesus, possibly influenced by cultural views about the inhabitants of Nazareth. Nathaniel’s attitude also demonstrates the importance of being willing to investigate, to ask and consider who is Jesus.

Philip’s reply to Nathaniel was simple but poignant, “Come and see” (verse 47). Trinitarian theology takes up the theme of come and you will see. It invites humanity to come and see who Jesus Christ is and who God is as revealed in and through Jesus Christ, and also who we are in relation to him. It focuses on the centrality and pre-eminence of Jesus Christ as he is revealed in the Scriptures. (1) It is this understanding that provides a foundation for Christian life and faith.

Holy Father, we thank you that you have revealed yourself to us through your Son, Jesus Christ, and also of your love for us through him.

Study by Eddie Marsh

(1) A Brief Introduction to Trinitarian Theology: WCG/GCI Booklet


About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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