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    Come and See...

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    John 1:35-39 (NKJV)
    35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
    37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “ What do you seek?”
    They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
    39 He said to them, “ Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
    The disciples of John left John once he pointed out Jesus and told them that He was the Lamb of God. When they approached Jesus, they asked Him a single question, "Master, where are You staying?" In the King James Version, it reads more like this, "Rabbi, where dwellest Thou?".

    What a strange question. Were they really interested where Jesus physically lived or were they just surprised He noticed them and turned suddenly and spoke? Where they just at a loss for words and those words stumbled out?

    The question itself seems unremarkable at best and innocent at worst. It would seem that since they left John the Baptist of whom they were disciples for perhaps as long as John as been preaching and baptizing, undoubtedly John has been telling them of the One to come after Him. So these two men have had ample time to formulate how they would approach Jesus. But why this kind of question. This has intrigued me for quite some time until one day the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about this and another verse of scripture.

    Suddenly, I saw it, did a little research and what occurred to me turn out to be true. During the time of Jesus and John the Baptist, there were other itinerant preachers and prophets who each had their message they sought to convince others of. It was not an unusual thing during those dangerous days of Roman occupation. Many such prophets, or so they call themselves, were roaming the countryside, proclaiming doom to the Romans and the soon return of the Messiah who will destroy the Roman occupation of Israel and free Israel once again.

    Each of these, so called prophets, had a basis of which their message came from. It could be said this is where they lived. Their dwelling place or where they abided was the basis of their doctrine. So when the disciples of John asked Jesus where He lived, they were not asking for His address but seeking to learn from where His doctrine comes from. What basis is His message. There was only one way that Jesus could answer a question like that, especially since what He was doing was never done before. There has been no precedence in their day. No one has ever seen nor heard of a Man like Jesus. So there could only be one answer, "Come and see."

    What did these disciples of John see? What they saw was something far different than what they witnessed with John the Baptist. John ate locusts and honey and lived in the desert wearing nothing but clothes of mourning...sackcloth. Jesus, ate well, drank, wore respectable clothing and was seemingly very popular with the crowds. A complete contrast to John. Whatever these two disciples were expecting, it was nothing what they thought.

    With all the differences they saw, they saw something else. Something remarkable. Something they never saw before and what they saw astounded them. Here was a Man that loved in a manner they have never seen before. He loved the outcasts, society's rejects, the winebibbers, the gluttons, tax collectors, sinners. He even loved the Romans! This was far beyond what they were expecting. If He were the Messiah, the future King of Israel, then how could He love His enemies? Besides all of this were the healings, deliverances, miracles! Never have they seen a Man who could do all of these things and the authority in which He spoke. The religious leaders in Jerusalem never spoke like this Man. He spoke with great authority. It was as if He lived what He spoke of and not like the pharisees who always required of others what they would never do themselves. They always made reference to all they spoke of to previous great men of the faith and those that were considered heroes of the faith. None of them spoke like Jesus did.

    The more these two men walked with Jesus and witnessed first hand how He lived His life, they were convinced more and more that He must be the promised Messiah, for how could any man do what this Man was doing unless God was with Him? They found themselves agreeing with Him more and more, even in the face of the opposition that was mounting against Him from the religious leaders. As they came into greater agreement with Him, they began to see a great contrast between the selfless love Jesus portrayed and their own selfish love. Each day, this difference became more and more apparent until they began to despise themselves. Then one day, they heard it. Jesus told them they were clean, that their sins were forgiven of God because of their faith.

    Suddenly, an unexplainable joy flooded over their souls and they rejoiced in exultation. Never had they ever considered this was going to happen to them. This joy they experienced was beyond all their experiences and beyond explanation. It was indescribable!

    Considering what these two disciples of John must have experienced as they walked with Jesus and saw how He lived His life, day in and day out and the ultimate affect He had on them is what revealed to me another verse of scripture I had been pondering.
    1 John 1:7 (NKJV)
    But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
    Notice the order of the three elements of this statement. The first is these men walked with Jesus while He was in the light. It was there they began to discover just WHO this Jesus really is. Then as they continued to walk with Him, they found themselves coming into agreement with Him and Amos 3:3 says "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" These two men definitely found themselves in complete agreement with Jesus. This put them in fellowship with Him. Then, after all else, they found their need for cleansing of sin as they began to see that stark contrast between the way Jesus lived His life and the way they had lived their own. It was then they realized their need to be cleansed from sin and Jesus provided them that answer they so desperately needed.

    Notice what happens when this verse is reversed. Sins must be cleansed before we can walk in fellowship and then and only then can we walk in the light as He is in the light. Sound familiar? This is the reversal the church has been teaching for centuries. Before anyone can experience fellowship and the light with Jesus, we had to be cleansed of our sins first. Why was this so? I've often wondered this myself until the answer hit me as if it was staring me in the face. If those who professed faith in Christ were not really walking with Christ and made this profession for other purposes, selfish purposes, as so many did during the dark ages of history, then they never made the same discovery of who Jesus is as the disciples of John did. Theirs became a walk of exclusivity, where only the qualified would be allowed to join them. By reversing this simple process of discovery of the truth, the truth then could be hidden from the populace and only the religious leaders would have access to it. This thinking was the best way to control the populace. Keep the truth from them and turn it into whatever they wanted to prosper in the way that suited them.

    Once the reformation began and the bible began to be available in the common language of the people, the religious leaders knew their control over the populace was coming to an end. But this idea of being saved first before anyone could receive the benefits of the fellowship and walking in the light as Jesus was in the light would somehow remain. Today, more stress is on getting saved first and then the fellowship and walking in the light. No emphasis on the answer Jesus gave those two inquirers, "Come and See."

    I wonder, if there more of those who actually walked in their faith and walked in complete obedience as Jesus did, how our message would change for those who are curious or hungry and thirsty? Would we....Could we, just say to them too....COME AND SEE. What WOULD they see in us if they were to walk with us. Would they see love personified? Would they see compassion, humility, selfless love, mercy, healing, deliverance, etc. Would they be as convinced as the two disciples of John? Would they find themselves in full agreement with our lifestyle? Would they begin to be convicted simply based on the way we live our lives and they see their lives in contrast?

    I wonder! What if the church became a place of discovery to those who are outside simply because they see a love among us and from us that draws them in? What would happen? Would there be less of those who would backslide? An interesting thing happens when a shepherd has a little lamb that keeps straying away from the flock. The shepherd breaks its legs and then binds them up and carries the now wounded lamb on his shoulders every day until the little lamb's legs heal. During those many days of healing, this little lambs sees what it never saw before. It sees the love and compassion and mercy of his shepherd. The little lamb hears the tone of voice the shepherd uses and notices the kindness and patience in his voice. The little lamb begins to see something in his shepherd that draws it closer and closer to where, when its legs are fully healed, it never WANTS to leave the shepherd's side but stays by his side until his dying day. What caused this? It had the same effect when Jesus said, "COME AND SEE."

    When we are able to see love first hand and the reality that God does not hate us and is not always ready to punish us but see how loving He is and kind and merciful and compassionate He is concerning us, it changes something in us. The fear is replaced with trust. This trust turns into faith and faith brings with it forgiveness of our sins. It is God's natural order in His kingdom.

    Now that we can all see this....Perhaps a change is in order. Let us begin to walk the talk and talk the walk. Let us find out ourselves the depth of God's love for us and begin to demonstrate that love in front of others. Let the world see our good works, demonstrating the work God has made in us and do as Jesus did when someone wants to see where WE live. Let us say as Jesus did...

    COME AND SEE!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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