By WorldSERVE intern Daniel Dixon
John 1:35-37 “The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God! The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”
What do you see when you look at Jesus? A good teacher? A failed political revolutionary? Or the Lamb of God? This is the first step in the journey of faith, to see Jesus as the Lamb of God. This is the first invitation. It is the invitation to see him, the one who takes away your sins. Come and see the Lamb of God, who takes away your sins.
Do you echo John’s proclamation? When you see Jesus, does your voice cry out ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’? This is our mission as Christians, to proclaim the Lamb of God. Go and proclaim the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
John 1:38-39 “And they said him, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where he was staying and they stayed with him that day”
The disciples asked Jesus where he was staying and he took them to a temporary dwelling place. Now Christ dwells in his followers of Christ, making them his temple. Christ’s place of dwelling is with you, as the mystery of Christ in us has been revealed. Come and see Christ within you.
Do you ask this same question that the disciples asked Jesus? Do you desire to see where Christ is staying? Look out into the world for the answer. Jesus has made his home among the nations. His body is diverse and international, composed of people from every tribe, nation, and tongue. Go and see Christ’s dwelling place among the nations.
John 1:42 “Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which means Peter)”
Are you like Peter? Have you felt the hot gaze of Jesus’eyes as he looks at you? Jesus sees treasured people amongst the broken messes of our lives. He sees our true identity in the midst of our fractured identities. He sees the image of God within us and renames us. He sees you, in a way that nobody has ever seen you before. Come and be seen by Christ.
What do you see when you look at the world? Do you see a world of Simon’s, a world full of bent and cracked people? Do you see a world full of nothing but wicked people? Or do you see a world of Cephas’s, a world waiting to have their true identity seen? Do you see the image of God in people of the nations? Go, and see the world as Christ sees it.
John 1:46 “Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.”
Do you struggle with insecurities and doubt? Does your past, the place you have come out of, plague you consistently? Could God ever make something good out of the places you’ve come from? What is your Nazareth, the place that no good can come out of? Come and see Christ bring good out of your darkest places.
Where do you think God won’t move? Where do you think that God cannot and will not work for good? Do you look at the world and ask ‘can anything good come from this place’? Think of the places you have abandoned and given up hope for. Go and see Jesus in the roughest places, shining brilliantly through the darkness.
John 1:50 “Jesus answered him, ‘Because I said to you, ‘I was you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
Christ is inexhaustible. There is always more. We have seen him and we believe because of what we have seen. But he has called us deeper. He has greater things to do in our lives. We have not yet fully tasted and seen of his goodness and love. Come and see Christ do greater things in your life.
Will Jesus limit himself and his work through your life? Do you believe that God will use you, but nowhere near as powerfully as other people? Your life was not meant to be mediocre or adequate, but full of the greater things that Jesus has promised. Go and do greater things through the power of Christ in you.
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus, the only Son, the glorious Son full of grace, truth, and life, has come and dwelt among mankind. Come and see Christ, Immanuel, God with us.
This year WorldSERVE has felt God inviting us to come and see. And so we are responding in faith to this divine invitation, following Christ wherever he leads us. Our desire is to come and to see Jesus. Our hope is that you would join us in this glorious invitation to come and see.
Psalm 66:5 “Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.”