GodReflection: Come and See—God Saved the Best for Now
“Come and see,” said Philip (John 1:46). “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now” (John 2: 10).
John’s last stop is not exactly a stop. It’s more like an observation and a challenge. Rather than come and see a “belief builder” from Jesus’ earth walk, it is almost as if he calls us to come and see Jesus create daily “faith builders” exponentially throughout the trek of our now. He still saves the best for my daily now.
The subject of today’s post goes far beyond my ability to see the totality of Jesus’ touch in today’s world. It seems an appropriate way to bring closure to this series Come and See—God Saved the Best for Now.
For context I’m drawn to God’s promise given to Abraham:
“. . . I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:17-18).
Flash forward to the 21st Century.
Here I am. Positioned on God’s timeline under the umbrella of fulfillment of that promise. Today, those who have walked through the gate of Jesus’ way as the only path to the Father number in uncountable multi-millions. Around the world every second of the day spiritual descendants of Abraham join the family of God in quantities as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.
John closes his Gospel to Create Belief with this observation and a challenge:
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written (21:25).
It dawns upon me that I am blessed to live within the daily worldwide expansion of Jesus’ books (countless disciples). His library grows even today through His Spirit as he continues to do many other things as well.
Each disciple on every continent of our globe joins the Apostle John as the author of a Gospel—the good news of signs that testify to the nations the many other things Jesus does daily in our here and now.
The Gospel library fills the world. Every Christ follower writes his/her own Gospel. Your book is titled. The Gospel (good news) of Jesus According to ______ (you fill in the blank with your own name).
When lost people see what Jesus does through you they see good news that hopefully will create belief. That is Gospel written for those who may consider Jesus.
It seems appropriate to close this series of posts with thanksgiving.
Oh, that my words were more adequate to express honor, praise, awe and gratitude.
Thank you for the movement of your Holy Spirit that inspired John to write a tour of events in his Gospel that calls us to Come and See—God Saved the Best for Now.
What a wonderful way to meet Jesus. What a breathtaking witness of your love for each child of creation.
As is often expressed, the words “thank you” seem inadequate. But we do thank you for John’s testimony to Jesus and for the witness of your love shared in the Fourth Gospel.
May we all be aware as Christ followers we each one of us write Gospel accounts as we walk through life with Jesus. We live as good news of the reality of your touch upon our own lives to be shared with those who cross our path.
In thanksgiving for Jesus,
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
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