John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
Last weeks blog post and an podcast episode struck a chord with many. I so appreciate all the comments, emails and messages from you all. Thank you. This topic is one I just can not shake. The Lord won’t let me move past it, so this week is part two of Beyond the Testimony.
How do we go beyond the testimony?
Jesus showed us how and what happens when we go beyond the testimony and invite others to “come and see.”
When John’s disciples followed after Jesus, they went beyond the testimony of what John the Baptist had been saying about Jesus to personally seeing and experiencing for themselves who He was.
The how is simply an invitation to come and see. When we share what God has done, we need to also give an invitation for others to come and experience Jesus for themselves. When they do they will encounter Him and see for themselves who He is and what He can do for them.
However, it just doesn’t stop there. Jesus also showed us another example of how we invite others to “Come & See” who He is.
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
They came out of the town and made their way toward him (John 4:28-30).
When Jesus ministered to the woman at the well it was so life changing and impacted her so deeply that she immediately left and went to town. She abandoned her task at hand and moved on to what matter most. Inviting people to “come and see” for themselves the man who changed her life.
This is what the church is supposed to do for those who have no idea who Jesus is. Yes, we are to share out testimonies. But we must go beyond and invite people to come and see for themselves.
If you have never encountered or experienced who Jesus is, He is extending an invitation to you today to “Come and See” who He really is.
I dive more into this topic on this weeks podcast. I hope you will take a listen or watch.
Episode #119 Come & See: Beyond the Testimony Part 2
Jesus showed us how to go beyond the testimony by inviting others to come and see. He started by calling His first disciples to come and see who He was and what He was all about (John 1:35-39). But it’s more than Jesus inviting others. When He ministered to the woman at the well, she was so moved by her encounter with Him that she invited everyone in the town to “come and see” who Jesus was so they too could have their own experience and encounter Him first hand.
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Two very hopeful verbs, side by side. This is truly a following life, and we gain assurance of our belief as we move toward him, but faith!
I love the story of the woman at the well. I’ve been watching The Chosen and we just saw that episode.
So very hopeful and nice. Thanks for sharing this.