But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” John 1:46 (NIV)

Come and See – The Nativity Series – Part 1

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In the first chapter of his book, John tells the story of how Jesus began to gather the disciples. Jesus asked a couple of guys to follow him, and they asked;

“Rabbi, where are you staying?”
“Come, and you will see.” (John 1:38-39).

The next day, Phillip, who had begun to follow Jesus the day before, said to his friend Nathanael;

“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).

Jesse (husband) and I are mad Seinfeld fans and one of our favourite episodes is “The Hamptons.” You might know it better by this quote from the episode,

“You gotta see the baby.”

You know it, right?

When I had my two kids, I was just like that mum in Seinfeld, telling everyone, “You gotta see the baby.” (Although, my babies weren't breathtaking, they were beautiful – for those who know the show). As people came and saw my newborns after their respective births, my heart exploded to share one of the most poignant and life changing moments of my existence. It wasn’t so much the details I wanted to share, although we did – it was the life, the miracle, the joy and the possibilities that the little blob of human I held in my hands (flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood) contained and emanated.

Come and see.

Nativity scenes adorn our Christmas cards, line our mantles, and appear on our screens. Everyone wants to see the baby, Jesus. To come and adore the miracle of his birth; the beginning of the interruption and disruption of the course of history and our collective futures.

From birth, Jesus life invited us to “come and see.” At times, it's more than an invitation: it's a beacon call, a rhythm, a sound so deep and true that you feel it more than hear it. The wise men saw it written in the stars, and followed the sky signal straight to his infant bedside (come and see). The Shepherds heard it on the wind though a chorus of angels and they followed that sound, compelled by the song to gaze upon a newborn, who was more than a newborn, but really just a baby (come and see).

But it's not just the newborn we should adore. Within that little life, those first days of breathing and blood flowing, of seeing and smelling, hearing and eating… within that little body beat the heart of a man who would become a revolutionary for hearts the world and time over. If all we see at Christmas is a baby, we’re not really seeing anything at all.

Years later, Jesus life still emanated the powerful tune, “come and see.”

Nathaniel asked, can anything good come from Nazareth?

Many times this year I have asked the question, “can anything good come from this situation?” Maybe you have too… maybe Christmas isn’t so joyful for you, it only highlights your heartache and you ask, “can anything good come from me?”

Or perhaps, your life is FULL of joy and peace. Your challenge is to believe that good can come from those unexpected places; the places in your world you put to the side for the holidays. I challenge you to look those things, situations and people full in the face and look for the good… “seek and you will find.”

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Phillip, who had met Jesus only the day before responded to Nathanael's question with, “Come and see.”

“Come and behold him, born the king of angels. Speak to him or be silent before him. In whatever way seems right to you and at whatever time, come to him with your empty hands. The great promise is that to come to him who was born at Bethlehem is to find coming to birth within ourselves something stronger and braver, gladder and kinder and holier, than ever we knew before or than ever we could have known without him.”
Frederick Buechner, – Secrets in the Dark.

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Written by Liz Milani

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