“He saith unto them, Come and see.”
The opening of the gospel record of the apostle John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” begins much like the book of Genesis. It doesn’t waste time arguing who Jesus is, it simply declares beyond a shadow of a doubt what the apostle knows to be true.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Ministry of the Word
Who is the Word John is speaking of? And what is the Words ministry in the world?
- The Word is revealed to us as Jesus Christ the Son of God in John 1:29,36 “behold the Lamb of God” vs.34 “this is the Son of God.”
- The ministry of Word is to bring life where life has not existed (vs 3,4) and to shine the light into the darkness (5).
John 1:1-5 open our eyes to the overwhelming fact the God wants us to know Him and to know about Him. Jesus Christ “the Word” is God “robed in flesh” and declares that by seeing Him and knowing Him we have also “seen the Father” (John 14:9).
John 1:1-5 connects the dots to John 3:16 that He loved the world so much He couldn’t bear to leave it in its sin-stricken state, but rather “he gave”. The Word came to earth and gave Himself as a sacrifice so that we could have life, and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
The Messenger of the Word
“There was a man sent from God…to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.”
Here we see John the Baptist (not be confused with John the apostle) the cousin of Jesus. He comes with a message of “Light” (knowing the truth) and a message of “life” (living out the truth). Here is his message (John 1:6-18)
- Jesus is the true Light (vs. 6-9)
- Jesus would confront unbelief and confirm true believers (vs. 10-13)
- Jesus is all God and all man, all grace and all truth. (vs. 14-16)
- Jesus is accessible and gives us access to God. His fullness is available to every person and with it comes wave after wave of grace. (vs. 15-18)
What compels the Christian to become a messenger of the Word?
“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
All who have repented of sin, and received the gift of salvation have tasted of grace, defined as “the free and unmerited favor of God.” Salvation was simply the very beginning of this journey into grace. The Christian life is a perpetual ocean of grace, as each wave subsides a new one rolls onto the shore.
This is the theme of the gospel record of John, to fall deeper and deeper into the fullness of Christ, experiencing grace upon grace. If the first wave of grace is to taste the salvation of the Lord, the second wave is to become a messenger of that grace “that all men through him might believe.”
What’s the first step to become a messenger?
The ministry of John the Baptist was a baptism of water. It was a picture of what was to come. He would baptize Jesus, but this baptism would be different than any one before it.
The Holy Spirit of God would descend on him and it would signify the beginning of his earthly ministry and the pleasure of God the Father “in whom I am well pleased.”
His baptism would provide a picture to all of his followers to participate in and to publically identify with his message. Baptism is the second wave of grace.
I’m saved and baptized, where do I go from here?
From John 1:37-51 we see Jesus is actively engaged in calling others to follow him.
- Two disciples heard him speak and followed him (vs.37) – Our Savior is not a distant one, but one who cares so much he seeks us out to speak with us.
- These disciples wanted to spend time with Jesus (vs.38,39) and he invited them in “Come and see.” Do you still desire to spend time with Jesus? Daily? To know more of the fullness of his grace than you did yesterday?
- He begins to call the apostles, Andrew (vs. 40), Simon Peter (vs 41,42), Philip (vs. 43), Nathaniel (vs.45-51)
Where do we go from here? From our calling to daily fellowship with the Word by prayer and reading of the written word.
Nathaniel – Your First Steps
- Nathaniel was suspicious “can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (vs. 46)
- Nathaniel was overwhelmed that Jesus knew him (vs. 48)
- Nathaniel’s eyes were opened to see that Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Israel. (vs. 49)
- Jesus promises Nathaniel that he will show him greater things than what he has already seen. (vs 50)
Where are you right now? Are you still suspicious of Jesus? Are you overwhelmed that he knows you? Have your eyes been opened up to his majesty and are you worshipping him? Have you settled for grace you’ve experienced in the past or are you actively asking God to show you “greater things” and to experience the “heavens open” (vs 51) and see Christ for who he is today?
Jesus is calling, he speaks words that we would follow him, the come and see the place where he dwells, and desires to show us greater things than we can ever imagine. Do you need a fresh wave of his grace to roll over your life today?