Come and See

11.08.18 | Heartbeat | by Matthew St. John

Come and See

    One of the histories of Jesus’ life tells of two men who were made aware that He could be the Messiah. Intrigued, they began to follow. Noticing this, Jesus asked what they were looking for. They asked, “Where are you staying?” Jesus responded, “Come and see.”

    These three words “come and see” define how we wish to frame this entire Christmas season. Those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior have the greatest possible story to tell. You have a unique opportunity to share this story with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. We must be a people who have this message on “repeat” in our hearts and minds daily. It’s so helpful to remember this good news, this gospel, moment by moment. But, we also want to proclaim that story far and wide.

    Unto us is born . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

    During His earthly ministry, Jesus told followers, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:14–16). Let’s not keep the story to ourselves. Instead, put it on display for all to see.

    I want to invite you to do something. Would you think of people to whom you might give the warm and genuine invitation, “Come and see the Savior, Jesus, this Christmas”? Is there someone who would especially benefit from hearing the gospel—the good news that Jesus Christ paid for our sins at the cross and repairs our broken relationship with God?

    We love Christmas at New Hope Church. That’s because we love Jesus the Savior. Let’s proclaim Him joyfully and boldly. Let’s invite people to come and see.

    Pick up invitation cards in the lobby. Share social media posts to invite friends and neighbors. Build relationships and reach out in genuine friendship to those around you. Your personal invitations are key to making New Hope Church a place where many come and see Jesus this season!

    Pastor Matthew St. John is senior pastor at New Hope Church. He nurtures a deep passion for telling stories that share God’s Word so that those who are spiritually hungry may experience and proclaim the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Christa love sports, unique restaurants and long walks. Follow him on his blog, Twitter or Facebook.