Summary: Jn 1:41. A call to invite. A call to discipleship
COME AND SEE: “One-for-One”
Jn 5:31-51 [ Jn 1:41]
Jn 1:41. He [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ).
For us to do likewise just as John, Our Lord, Andrew and Philip did
− “Come and See”.
− One-for-One [Jn 1:41] is another phrase that help us remember our aim for today.
− There is one for everyone…
I am conflicted in what to title this passage:
− Come and See
− One-for-One [taken from Jn 1:41]
Both seem applicable as our take away.
II. “LOOK THE LAMB OF GOD”
− Jn 1:29-34
− Jn 1:36.
Three instances previously John the Baptist witnesses of the Lamb of God
− Jn 1:20-21; Jn 1:23; Jn 1:26-27.
− Now, two other times [ Jn 1:29; Jn 1:36].
“Look the Lamb of God”
Did you know that John is the only Gospel writer who presents Jesus Christ as the Lamb?
− In fact in the whole of the NT the two other writers who make mention are Paul [1 Cor 5:7] and Peter [1Peter 1:19].
− John in the Gospel narrative and in Revelation makes reference to the Lamb and sometimes Lamb and Lion together over 30 times.
− John is presenting Jesus as the Son of God and is also the only one who presents Jesus as the Lamb in the Gospels – that’s something to praise about.
− John the Baptist has a singular focus and that must become ours.
− Nothing we do is of any importance if we do not call attention to the Lamb of God. Christ must be the centre and the laser focus of our lives, our conversation, our story, our template.
III. JESUS SAID, “COME AND SEE”
Jn 1:39. Jesus answered, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
He who came is now asking us to come:
− The one of whom the Prophets predicted and John was talking about is now the one who is calling.
− In fact, God has been calling men and women since the fall. And it comes almost to a scream [a shout for sure] in Jesus Christ. That is the command of the king before He “went off to a far off country”.
1. For those of us who have not accepted His invitation please do not reject the invitation.
2. For those who have a personal and living relationship with Jesus, take every opportunity share to all this open invitation.
− Heb 12:25. Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!
− Heb 4:1. God's promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.
IV. ANDREW BROUGHT PETER TO, “COME AND SEE”
− We read, “He first found his own brother”
− I love the desperate urgency with which Andrew seeks out his brother, Peter.
1. If we haven’t caught that urgency the fear of loss of friendship, relationship, and selfish awkwardness will silence us.
2. Those who have been impacted by Jesus cannot be silenced. Especially when they understand how terrible it is if they do not know the Lord.
Welcome them to come to Jesus.
The work is His but the privilege of calling them to Him is ours.
V. PHILIP ASKS NATHANIEL TO, “COME AND SEE”
Jesus found Philip and Philip in turn finds Nate.
However, there is a slight problem.
Nate has a great question. I would sound something like this:
“Philip, you and I know the Messiah is supposed to come from Bethlehem. Now you are saying the Messiah is from Nazareth. What good has ever come out from Nazareth?
Philip doesn’t say:
− How dare you question the Messiah?
− Don’t ask stupid questions.
Philip has the humility to acknowledge that he didn’t know.
Philip says, “I don’t know. Let’s go and find out.”
1. We don’t speak because it will be awkward when we are asked questions we don’t know.
2. There will be people who will ask genuine questions.
3. Our response should be, “Come and See”.
VI. JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO NATHANIEL
There is something about that fig tree that we don’t know. Something that clicked in Nate’s head and heart that affirmed that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.
Jesus then reveals something wonderful to Nate.