January 19

John 1:37-42

“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.” vs. 39

The two men wanted to know where Jesus was staying and he gives them a simple invitation, “Come and see.” And so they did. They came and saw and stayed for an afternoon of conversation, and it changed the trajectory of their lives. They became convinced that Jesus was the messiah. Somewhere in the course of our days many of us have had the same experience. We’ve taken steps toward Jesus, stayed with him long enough to know what he was about, and seen him from that point on as the incarnation of the Christ, the Light of God. It really is an extraordinary, life-changing experience, one that gives our lives a focus and a purpose. In Jesus we discover all that we need to know about God and about life in this world. In him we find steadfast love and our compass for daily living. In him our own Christ-light begins to shine and people see our good works and give glory to God. It seems incredible that such momentous changes can have such small beginnings, yet that’s how it was for Andrew, and so it has been for every believer since. “Come and see,” our Savior says, and once we do our lives are transformed and the darkness is illuminated.

Thought for the Day: What’s my “come and see” story?

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