A Note from the DCE

[Jesus] found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”   - John 1:43-46

It is a special honor to be the one to share some really good news.  On Facebook and YouTube you can find countless examples of this.  Families often share videos capturing that moment that are viewed by hundreds or thousands or even millions of people.  You can see soldiers coming home early, a new baby announcement, and many more moments of someone surprised by some good news.  One called Soldiers Coming Home has over 7 million views.  It is fun to watch their surprise, disbelief, and dawning realization of the truth, to the obvious delight of family members who get to be there to share in this moment.  Once you start watching a few of these it is sort of addicting. 

I always liked reading this part of John where Jesus calls His disciples, in particular the brother disciples.  It was the best good news ever to be shared.  “Surprise! Come meet this guy Jesus who happens to be the Savior of the world.”  But like many of these internet videos, it was met with disbelief or suspicion.  It was only after time that the goodness of this news was realized.  When the truth was real to them they had to share it.  They could not contain it.

The good news Philip shared with Nathanael is the same good news we share today.  It is sometimes met with doubt, suspicion or disdain.  When we play Philip’s role of telling others about Jesus, we are not responsible for them believing.  All we can do in invite them to come and see, but to do that is a great honor and very powerful.

How do people see Jesus today?  We invite them to see Jesus in His Word.  We invite them to church where worship and Bible study is centered on Jesus.  We can give someone a ride, we can share a verse, or we can offer a prayer.  We invite them into our lives where they can witness the very real love and presence of the good news found in Savior.  And like these videos of a family finding joy in good news, they can be drawn into the very real love of God for His people.                                                                                                                     

…Mark Thompson