Come and see…

The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter). (John 1:29-42, NRSV)

Isn’t it interesting how we think we know what happened at Jesus baptism…

I mean Jesus went to John and they went down into the Jordan river and John baptized Jesus.

But is that what it says in the above reading?

John says ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

He saw the spirit descending, but he doesn’t say when. He doesn’t say he baptized Jesus. We assume from the other gospel stories that John did this, but John does not say he did. He merely reports what he saw happen.

Which is what Andrew does. Andrew goes and tells Simon that he needs to come and see the Messiah.

The one who will be the foundation of the church is invited to come and see.

And Jesus invites the disciple to some and see…

And there you have evangelism in a nutshell…

We need to see what God is doing, tell others and then ask them to come and see.

Published by asacredrebel

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