April 18, 2011

Come and See

Romans 10:14-15  But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?  And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!]

I read that passage first thing this morning and thought of an old song by Bob Bennett "Come and See".    

 "Come and SEE a man from Heaven!!!  Come and see, and hear Him speak.  He has seen the face of God.  Come and see this Jesus of Nazareth!  Come and see the One that we have heard of all our lives.  A voice crying in the wilderness.  A voice from the sky loud and clear.   A still, small voice deep inside......and a voice still ringing in my ear......"FOLLOW ME.  And I will show you my Father.  Follow me and you will see the Heavens open wide.   Come and see this Man from Heaven....Oh!  Could it be?  That we will see the face of God!"

Then I began to think of the countless times I've read in scripture about people who just could NOT stay quiet about the One they came to KNOW, see and EXPERIENCE first hand. 

The Samaritan woman!  She had an encounter with Jesus at the well...and LEAVING her jar there.....ran home to tell anyone who would listen,   "Come and see this Man!!  Could it be the Messiah?  The One we've heard about?"

 We HAVE experienced intimately, personally, FIRST hand that HOPE and JOY and PEACE and LOVE.  None of these things can the world offer!

We HAVE come to Him and we have SEEN........and now......we must GO.  

Mark 16:15   He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel [good news].

It IS good news!  It is the GREATEST story ever TOLD....and we need to be DESPERATE!......ANXIOUS!.....EXCITED!  to share it!!!  and UNASHAMEDLY AND PROUDLY PROCLAIM (with this "I-JUST-GOTTA-TELL-SOMEBODY" feeling in your gut).............. "Come....and SEE!"

There is a song by Matt Redman and part of the lyrics are, "It's the overflow of the forgiven soul.  Now we've seen you God and our hearts cannot stay silent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Live life outLOUD....deliberately....and on purpose!   

Lord.....send ME. 
I will GO. 

Will YOU?


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