Come and See

September 29, 2019

When we find something that is precious and wonderful, we excitedly share the good news to others. We do our best to encourage them to come and see for themselves what we have found. This is our natural tendency, since we want to share our joy with them. King David was not an exception. He joyfully shared his feelings, exclaiming, “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” (Psalm 66:5). If we only look intently and consider what God has done in our lives, we too shall be as ecstatic as King David.

Indeed, God has done great things in our lives and he deserves to be glorified. What prompted King David’s exclamation was his recollection of the miracles that God performed before the eyes of his forefathers. In particular, he mentioned the crossing of the Red Sea, saying, “He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—come, let us rejoice in him” (Psalm 66:6). No other gods have ever done what God had done to the Red Sea when the Israelites were fleeing Egypt. In fact, he did it again when he dried up the Jordan River so that the Israelites could finally enter the Promised Land. These were but two of the many wonderful works of God displayed before the eyes of the Israelites.

Even the Lord Jesus has amazing things in store for us. Andrew and another disciple found this out in a peculiar way. When they asked Jesus where he was staying, Jesus said to them, “Come and you will see” (John 1:39). As they followed Jesus and spent a day with him, they came out overjoyed because they had found the Messiah. This set forth the process of them sharing their discovery with their relatives and friends. They repeated the same message: “Come and see.” Andrew brought his brother Peter to Jesus. Philip also brought Nathaniel and their number grew. This same message still rings true today.

Looking back, we too were the result of someone telling us to come and see what the Lord had done in their lives. Our spending time with them and the Lord has yielded the same result as Andrew and the other disciple – we found our Messiah. But what are the awesome deeds that God is doing that others need to know?

Foremost, He saves. His manner of saving us is awesome. Who among us would be willing to give up his only beloved child to redeem the life of another (John 3:16)? We were especially undeserving because of our many sins. The apostle Paul said, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:7-8).

Secondly, He heals. To this day, God is still in the business of healing people. He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26). Faith in God and obedience to him are key to the healing of our bodies. Many sicknesses are caused by sin. The apostle James said, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Thirdly, He protects. The Lord has been our ever present help in times of need. King David rightly said, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me” (Psalm 138:7). We are too weak to protect ourselves from our enemies. But God is strong. Jesus himself said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

Lastly, He provides. The apostle Paul said, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). God knows our needs and he will provide. He will always have in mind our welfare. Jesus revealed this truth when he said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:11). Having seen and experienced these awesome deeds of God, we need to be as excited as King David and share this with others, telling them, “Come and see.” Hallelujah!