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Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. – John 1:45-46 (NIV)
Here is a question for those of us who have found salvation through Jesus Christ. Are we inviting our friends to come and see what we have found? I know we need be inviting everyone, but Philip started with a friend. So, let’s consider our friends for a moment.
When we have an exceptional meal at a restaurant, we get so excited we actually take a picture of the food and send it to friends. When one of our sports teams pulls off a miracle victory, we call our friends to make sure they witnessed it as well. When we go to a great vacation spot, we can’t wait to tell our friends about it when we return.
Should we not be able to muster at least the same level of excitement about our encounter with Jesus? Isn’t there something about our encounter with the Savior that would make us at the very least want to invite our friends to come and see Him as well? Are we inviting our friends to come and see Jesus at Clarksburg Baptist Church?
One thing, though, is vital if we are going to invite our friends to come see Jesus at Clarksburg Baptist Church. That is, we need to make sure the Jesus we are inviting them to come and see is actually here.
The hard truth is that those of us who bear His name will determine whether or not Jesus is here for our friends to come and see. It all depends on what we show them. If we reflect Jesus’ sacrificial love, abundant mercy, matchless grace, genuine care, and transforming power, then they will indeed have a true encounter with Him. If we don’t reflect those things, they will encounter something, but it won’t be Jesus.
This Advent and Christmas season, invite people to come to Clarksburg Baptist Church and see Jesus. But, remember it is up to you to make sure He’s here when they come.