The Gospel text for Sunday is from John 1:43-51. This is the account of Jesus calling Philip and Nathanael. Jesus tells Philip to “Follow me” and he does (maybe not literally at first) and goes to find Nathanael. Upon hearing that this “prophet” is from Nazareth Nathanael promptly asks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nazareth seemed like such an unlikely place for a prophet to come from, but Philip says, “Come and see“. Nathanael does “come and see” and what he sees is a “prophet” who knew more about him than he thought. Nathanael is so amazed at what he hears he immediately makes a confession of faith; “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Nathanael makes this confession of faith based on what he hears but Jesus basically says, “You ain’t seen nothing yet” (Jesus actually used better grammar than that but I thought it fit).
Our evangelistic efforts with people involves more than just telling people about Jesus, but it should also include showing people Jesus.
We do this through our actions.
We do this through bring them to worship where we experience Jesus in the preached Word and the sacraments.
We show people Jesus through the fellowship of other believers.
We show people Jesus through service.
Telling people about Jesus is one thing…but they ain’t seen nothing yet.
Nathanael didn’t believe until he experienced Jesus first hand. And even then; even during that first encounter he hadn’t experienced truly who Jesus was.
That is why we keep coming back.
That is why we don’t just read the Bible once.
That is why we worship each and every week.
One encounter with Jesus is great, but if you liked that then you ain’t seen nothing yet.
“Come and see” is great advice…but remember to keep coming and to keep seeing. For as Jesus says “you ain’t seen nothing yet”.