After meeting Jesus, the apostle Philip sought out his friend, Nathanael, to tell him about Jesus. Philip knew that there was something special about Jesus. He recognized that Jesus was the one of whom the prophets had written. When Nathanael heard that this Jesus was from Nazareth, he was skeptical. After all, what good could possibly come out of such an obscure town as Nazareth? Philip’s response to Nathanael’s skepticism was to “come and see” (John 1:45-46). Nathanael went to Jesus and his life was forever changed as he spent the next three years in the presence of the Son of God.
Jesus came to draw all of us to Himself. He wants us to come to Him, to hear His words, to believe in Him, and to follow Him. When we do, our lives, like Nathanael’s, are forever changed. Jesus promises that, when we come to Him, He will never drive us away (John 6:37). When we come to Jesus and believe in Him, we also have the promise of eternal life. Jesus promises that He will raise us up on the last day, the Day of Judgment (John 6:40). Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus promises that, if we come to Him, we will never be hungry and, if we believe in Him, we will never thirst (John 6:35). When life’s burdens cause us to grow weary, Jesus says that, if we come to Him, then He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).
Those of us who come to Jesus, listen to His words and then live by them, are promised a firm foundation in our lives. Like a house built on rock, the storms of life will not shake us when we have that firm foundation that is found in Jesus (Luke 6:47-48). When our faith in Jesus is strong, when we have the Rock underneath us, we become a living testimony to the love, the grace, and the faithfulness of God that comes to us through Jesus. And, like the Samaritans who, after hearing the testimony of the woman who met Jesus at the well, went to Jesus and believed, those who see and hear our testimony will come to Jesus and believe (John 4:40). Jesus said that when we come to Him and we follow Him, He will make us fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).