January 15, 2015
The Gospel lesson for this coming Sunday is from John, the first chapter. It is the call story of Nathanael, introduced to Christ by Philip, who when he was found by Jesus went himself and found Nathanael and invited him to “Come and see” Jesus.
This idea of invitation permeates our culture. It would be the basis of advertising, I would say. Come and see what my product will do for you that the competitor's product will not. Come and see how my product will enhance your life. Come and see - and then, of course - purchase.
How many times have you been to a restaurant or movie, read a book, seen a play or concert, heard a song, or met a new friend, that you have said to someone, you ought to go or read or listen to or meet what/who I just did? It’s/they’re wonderful! We may call it recommending, but really it’s invitation. It is inviting someone else into something of your life that you found meaningful or important.
With that said, where does that leave us with the invitation to “come and see” Jesus?