Come & See!

“Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.  They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come and see,” he said.”  John 1:38-39 (NLT)

My maternal grandmother was a tough lady.  She worked hard and raised her five children as a single mother.  I loved her very much because she would always cook the best food and let my older brother and I drink and eat things that my parents considered unhealthy and high in calories.  When I got to middle school I begin playing the saxophone in the school band.  One day she called to our house and asked to speak with me.  She told me that she was on her way to see us and that she had bought me a brand new saxophone.  I was so excited!  A free gift and an instrument that I could use!  When she arrived I ran outside and hugged her and then asked her, “Where is my gift?”  She replied, “It’s in my purse,” as she walked into our house, “come and see!”  My smile immediately disappeared.  How could she fit a eight-pound woodwind instrument in her purse?  She then pulled out a toy saxophone that turned out to be a decorative refrigerator magnet as well.  It even played songs.  My brothers laughed so hard but I wasn’t amused.  Looking back at it now it was quite funny.

When Jesus told his new believers to “come and see” where he was staying, there was no address and no itinerary.  There was only happiness and curiosity on the believers’ part about who this man, their former teacher John the Baptist, spoke of when he said, “Look!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NLT)  And when they began following Jesus, he not only noticed them, but he took them in, made them his friends, and a part of his family.  Little did they know that they would suffer and be persecuted because of him, shunned by their own families and hometowns.  But they held on to the hope of eternal life in Jesus after his death and resurrection and the promise of his Spirit.  Jesus asks you and I to “come and see”.  We don’t have to have it all figured out.  He loves us and wants to meet us wherever we are at.  Today I pray that you would know Jesus Christ and make him known.

Would you be open to continue partnering with me as we transform Oceanside with the love of Jesus Christ this year? Or how about meeting up to grab a coffee or share a meal?  Join me for “REVIVAL 2021!”, my mid-week bible study, on Thursdays at 4pm in Room 4.  This is for everyone!

Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor