Doing What Jesus Said To Do – Part 1
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.” John 1:38-39
The first words we hear from Jesus in John’s Gospel is a question. What seek ye? It’s not the last time Jesus will ask this question. After His resurrection He asks the officers of the Chief Priests and Pharisees who came to arrest Him, “Whom seek ye?”
Now the disciples of John the Baptist followed Him to determine if indeed He was the promised Messiah that had been spoken of by the prophets and for whom all Israel longed to see. They followed Him hoping to spend some time with Him privately. So they asked Him where do you live? And he said to them. Come and see.
A simple straightforward reply, but one filled with deeper implications. First, He didn’t just give them an address or offer some vague general idea like, “in Nazareth,” or “on the south side of town.” nor did he tell them His address. Rather, He invited them to come to His house in that very moment. But, His invitation was even broader than that. He said to them, as He would say again and again through out His ministry, “Come and see.” In other words, come with me and I’ll show you my house.
That was His invitation to the whole world. “Follow Me.” It’s His invitation to us today and everyday. Come, with me and I will show you the way. To see and hear Jesus and to heed His Words is to have Heaven and the Father revealed to us.
He alone by the power of the Holy Spirit in us can reveal to us Who God is and what is His way and His thoughts. He reveals to us the heart of God. When the disciples asked Him to show them the Father, He said to them, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
“Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” John 14:8-10
If we would see God all we need to do is look to Jesus. He is the express image of God the Father. God Himself confirmed it with His Words.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of Hisglory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. “For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son,Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? Hebrews 1:1-5
Everything we can know and everything we need to know about God our Father we can know and only know through Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord.
See we heed His invitation to “Come and see.” To experience His life lived in us and through us, to see His glory, to see His signs, and wonders, and miracles, to see His love expressed in all that He is, all that He says and all that He has done.
Let the adventure begin…