Day 13 - December 15, 2017

Come and See

“‘Come,’ he replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.” John 1:39

Is there a more meaningful gift than being included; being invited to spend time with someone and participating in their daily life? 

While engaged in a discussion with several students during a Peer Ministry Leadership training session, I was struck with the idea of Advent as an invitation by God for us to join Him. Very often, Jesus seemed to dance around answers to straight-forward questions. One such instance is recorded in the Gospel of John. John the Baptist has been discussing Jesus with his own disciples, when Jesus happens by. 

“Behold the Lamb of God,” John the Baptist proclaims. 

Understandably, his disciples are intrigued and decide to follow Jesus. When Jesus notices them and inquires of their purpose they ask, “Where are you staying?” A seemingly simple question and John’s disciples could have meant exactly that. What’s your address? Jesus’ response seems to have been just as simple. “Come and you will see,” he told them. Jesus did take them to see his residence, but that is not the end. The rest of the verse tells us John’s disciples spent the rest of the day with Jesus after seeing the place he was staying. They were with Jesus as he went about his daily routine. They saw him interact, naturally, with individuals in his community. Perhaps he went to the market, or delivered a piece of furniture he built in his wood shop. They were invited to participate in Jesus’ ministry. 

Advent offers us the same invitation. Jesus, as a baby in the manger, reminds us of the lengths he will go through to spend time with us. He was, and is willing to meet us where we are. Amid all the turmoil rampant in our country and world, may we be reminded of Jesus’ example to step out, meet others where they are, and invite them into the hope we have in that baby in the manger.
 
submitted by Briley Rivers, Director of Campus Ministries

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