COME AND SEE
We have learned to be cynical these days. Somebody says to us they can show us the politician who can get the country's economy moving and bring back the good times, we are likely to say "O yeah? Tell me another one!" Or the preacher or church leader who can bring the nation back to God and fill the churches again? In your dreams! Or somebody with a great business idea which can provide lots of jobs for many years! Heard it all before!
Andrew told Peter, "I've found the Messiah!" - the one God promised to send to get his people out of trouble. And Andrew was Peter's brother! Well, how much notice do you take of what your brother tells you? But Andrew said, "Come and see". Peter did, and became one of the foremost leaders of the early church. Philip tells Nathaniel he has found the Messiah. But Nathaniel knew better than that. Whoever heard of a Messiah who came from Nazareth? Philip says, "Come and see". Nathaniel does, and finds that Jesus could read his character just from seeing him sitting under his fig tree. He too becomes a disciple.
Jesus claims to be able to make us all that we were meant to be and to give us life that goes on after death seem just as impossible today. The claim that he is God who has come down to live among us, is still living in the hearts of his people, and will come back one day to bring justice to all, seems nothing short of ludicrous. But Jesus says to us, as he said to those early disciples, "Come and see". If we do, he will draw us into a friendship with God that will transform your life here and now, and which will open the way to a much more glorious life after death.