“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
It would have been so easy for Jesus to answer the question ‘Where are you staying?’ by responding ‘at Peter’s house.’ But He didn’t because Jesus was concerned with far more than information. He was concerned with truth and life, and He also knew that there was more to their enquiry than idle curiosity. So His response was both an invitation to see where He lived as well as one to see how He lived. Jesus lived out what He spoke – unlike the Pharisees whom He accused of saying one thing and living another. Jesus’ whole life was a revelation of Truth, which is why He could rightly claim to be the Truth.
As we turn to Jesus today His call to us is still to “Come” to Him and to “Follow Me”, for in doing so “you will see” the truth of who and what He is. It is a call both to listen to His words as well as to listen to His living and His life. Our starting point is in the Gospels, as we watch and listen to what He does and what He teaches. With this, however, is the personal invitation to “Come…and..see” It is as we turn to Him and walk with Him – in prayer, trust and obedience – that we begin to discover the thrilling and chilling reality that we are with God and He is with us…. and ‘it is very good.’ As the Psalmist put it so well,
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)
In the process He will give us a new view on our own lives and contexts and the ways in which He can make a difference.
Today – turn (again) to the Lord and ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you as you follow Him.
Lord Jesus, I turn to You (again). Please help me to draw closer to You so that You can draw closer to me. Open my eyes, my ears and my heart Lord to the wonder of Your life, love and presence. Amen.