Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Come and See
I am constantly saying to my husband, “Look at this!” “Look at how cute the baby is!” “Look at the puppy!” “Look what the cat did!” Most of the time it is something he has seen a thousand times before, but I find it so adorable or astonishing that I have to simply tell him, “Look!” Every time I exclaim this with excite-ment, he looks at me, gives a smile, and says, “I see it.”
But some of the things they do are seriously so adorable that I want to share them with the whole world! I wish that I could take a picture or a video of every cute thing our child or pets do. (But then I would be on Facebook more often and would really never get anything accomplished.)
That excitement to share good news or something amazing with another person shouldn’t stop with just sharing our silly cat pictures or pictures of the children in our lives. What if we approached church and our relationship with Christ this same way? What if, like Philip, we said to our brother (or sister), “Just come and see what this Jesus thing is all about.” We unabashedly share with the world our images of food, a funny story, or a frus-tration, but when it comes to talking about Jesus Christ and the amazingness, we could all do a little better.
If we could simply approach with new eyes what makes Jesus so special to us and would simply say to someone, “Come and see!” maybe more people would. Letting people experience Christ and the church firsthand might be the way that we share our love of God with others. So, just say, “Come and see,” and wait to see what God lets happen.
Rebecca Sisley, pastor, First Moravian Church, Riverside, New Jersey