In truth, we know, we have no power or special abilities to make others see what we see. Nor do we have the words that can truly express the truth of God’s goodness adequately. How do you describe anything of value to someone else when they do not have the life experience to understand? How can someone resonate with love, forgiveness, freedom, or inner joy if they have not been exposed to these amazing aspects of God’s character?
It’s kind of like trying to describe the taste of chocolate to someone who has never had the joy of indulging in its creaminess. There really are no words to express how delightful it is. Without common experiences and a common set of words we are helpless to clearly communicate.
In the Gospel of John (1:46) Philip is telling Nathanael about having found the Messiah who is Jesus. He was excited about this amazing discovery and eager to share the good news. Nathanael’s response was like a bucket of cold water. He wasn’t buying it. I guess Philip could have argued with him or pleaded or told stories but in the end he simply said “Come and see.”
I love the simplicity of his response as well as the wisdom. The truth is, we can never say enough words or do enough things to convince someone of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the end each person must come to Jesus and see him for themselves and experience Him first hand. No one will ever know the joy of being a part of the family of God without going to a place that the family hangs out . . . Church.
Yes, we must speak and we must live out our faith but at some point we must invite others to see for themselves. Like Philip we must invite them to discover first hand who Jesus is and who we are as a family.
So, let me invite you to come and see for yourself. Join us at MCC this Sunday and see what it looks like to be a part of the family of God. See what forgiveness looks like in the real world. Discover the truth of Christ living in and through his people. Experience the joy of worship and the life changing power of God in your life.
Come and See.