Day 22 Lenten Reflection: Come and See!

“Abide With Me” Vicky Pinney

The Day’s Scripture

John 1:35-42

35 The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples
36 When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus.
38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, 
“What are you looking for?”
They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?”
39 He replied, 
“Come and see.” 
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40 One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ). 42 He led him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon,son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Reflection

A form of the Greek word meno, meaning abide or remain, is used over 40 times in the Gospel of John . Abide/remain describes the relational connection Jesus desires with his followers and that originates between He and God and the Spirit. Most things you will never truly understand and grasp unless you experience it.  We like to investigate.  We like to weigh things.  Research them.  I spend so much time researching the most insignificant products.  Amazon reviews.  Questions and answers.  Youtube unboxing and reviews.  We want to know as much as possible before jumping in.  I get it.  Jesus gets it.  He gets people.  But you know what he says, he says “come and see.”  You’re not going to understand, you’re not going to get it unless you jump in and experience it first hand.  You have to live what I’m about to get full benefits.  Truth is not just knowledge attained, but it is in the way you relate and in the Who you are called by.  It’s about who you are and whose you are.  Come and see.

If you continue to seek after Jesus one thing will ultimately become true—Jesus will invite you into deeper relationships.  Jesus will invite you into deeper engagement with people.  Jesus will invite you to care more about what’s happening to others around you.  Jesus will invite you to “come and see” and it will feel risky, you may even feel a little scared, and unsure, and stretched .  . . god forbid Alive!

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