“Come and See”

5 04 2011

Steve Jonesby Steve Jones, presiding bishop

Are you a “see and come” person?

Or are you a “come and see” person?

The terms, used by William Willimon in the January edition of A Pulpit Resource, refer to life today. We live in a time when our culture is leading us—some would say demanding us— to live our lives as “see and come” persons.

If we want to know something, we simply Google it on our smartphone, iPad, or laptop. If that proves unsuccessful, we look it up on Wikipedia. If that still doesn’t inform us adequately, we go on Facebook and ask a friend, or we “tweet” someone.

We are becoming a people who need to know before we go.

And yet, everything about Christ’s birth, baptism, life, death, and resurrection calls us to live as “come and see” persons. The resurrection of Christ calls us—like Mary to the tomb, or like travelers on the road to the dinner table in Emmaus, or like disciples hunkered down in a dark room and fearful for their lives—to come and see our brother and savior raised from the tomb.

Our faith journey really can be understood only from the “inside out” as disciples invited to love and follow the one who loved us first.

I want us to experience the life-giving spirit of Christ’s resurrection daily because we are willing to “come and see.”

What does it mean to be a “come and see” disciple?

Be Vulnerable

Doctrine and Covenants 163:10a–b says: “God yearns to draw you close so that wounds may be healed, emptiness filled, hope strengthened…Be vulnerable to divine grace.”

We must be willing to come to one another with our wounds exposed, willing for others to see our brokenness.
As a family, we have experienced the pain of children struggling with depression and attempted suicide. But God said, “come and see,” and as we were vulnerable about our brokenness to those who loved us, we experienced Christ’s resurrection in our family.

Experience Mutuality

When we’re vulnerable to one another, the Holy Spirit can be present in these experiences of resurrection, and we can have a sense of oneness with the Divine.

The poet, David Adam, wrote:
God above us
God about us
God beneath us
God within us,
When we lose our grip, keep your hold on us.
When we stumble and fall, uplift and support us.
When our faith wavers, Dear Lord keep faith with us.
When our vision is dimmed, in love, Lord, look upon us.
In our darkest hour, Lord let your light surround us.
When far away we wander, you are never far from us.
God above us
God about us
God beneath us
God within us.

Peace Be with You

In the 19th chapter of John a very-frightened group of Christ’s disciples were hunkered down in a dimly lit room, fearful they were about to be hung from a cross. In that moment the resurrected Christ had every right to be both angry and disappointed, yet he comes to them in love. He enters the room and stills their fears by saying, “Peace be with you,” and the scripture goes on to say Christ, “breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”

Christ’s resurrection is a daily opportunity to experience his peace in our lives and to be assured that God’s Holy Spirit goes with us, so that we, too, can invite people to “come and see” for he is risen.

A blessed Easter to each of you.


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