The current preaching series entitled “Come and See” has us walking with Jesus toward the cross and looking in on some of the encounters He had with individuals along the way. I’m excited about this path and the encouragement it is giving us to be people who invite others to “come and see” our Lord, Jesus.
Our journey began in John 1 - with a young man named Andrew. We focused on Andrew’s response to meeting Jesus and his desire to tell his family and invite them to come and see the Lord. Our next encounter had us looking over the shoulder of Nicodemus. The beginning of his story is told in John 3 where he and Jesus have a private conversation. We were able to be there and witness the first steps or moments of faith and recognized that it is no small thing to set aside what we’ve always known to follow something different. But, as we read at the end of John 19, this man, Nicodemus, has come full circle in his faith. Sometimes the road is long and we need to be patient.
Our third encounter was with a person who isn’t given a name; we only know him as “The rich young man.” (Mark 10:17-31) Jesus meets a young man who is respectful, honest and eager; yet doesn’t recognize the obstacles in his path that are creating a hindrance and can’t see how salvation begins today… not just at the end of life.
On Palm Sunday we connected with another un-named person; the owner of a donkey and her colt. Through Matthew’s account (chapter 21) we learn that when it comes to proclaiming our faith in Jesus there are no small things. The use of a donkey and her colt, a cloak, a palm branch… all these seeming small items collectively made the epic entrance of King Jesus one of great distinction. Any offering; money, time, skill, energy, … given in proclamation of Jesus’ rightful position as King is no small thing.
Now, this Friday, (4/18) also known as “Good Friday”, we will give our eyes and ears to a conversation Jesus has with two men who are facing their own deaths. One is humble, yet bold, and the other is angry. The two criminals who were also crucified with Jesus give a picture of urgency in our personal relationship with Christ.
This series will conclude with 3 more encounters. Two on Easter Sunday, Mary and Peter and the final one on the 27th, Jesus and Thomas. We’ll see doubt, amazement, deep grief, restoration and boldness.
Come and See… that is what Jesus is asking of you. Know him, share him and help connect others to him.