By Max Lucado
Nathanael said to Philip, ” Can any thing good come from Nazareth?” Philip answered, “Come and see.” (John 1:46)
Nathaneal’s question still lingers, even two thousand years later. Is the life of the young Nazarene really worth considering?
The answer of Philip still suffices. “Come and see.”
Come and see the rock that has withstood the winds of time.
Hear His voice. The truth undaunted, grace unspotted, loyalty undeterred.
Come and see the flame that tyrants and despots have not extinguished.
Come and see the passion that oppression has not squelched.
Come and see the hospitals and orphanages rising beside crumbling ruins of humanism and atheism. Come and see what Christ has done.
Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Come and see.
Come and see the changed lives:
the alcoholic now dry,
the embittered now joyful,
the shamed now forgiven.
Come and see the marriages now rebuilt, the orphans now embraced, the imprisoned inspired.
Journey into the jungles and hear the drums beating in praise.
Sneak into the corners of communism and find believers worshiping under threat.
Walk on death row and witness the prisoner condemed by man yet liberated by God.
Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
Come and see the pierced hand of God touch the most common heart, wipe the tear from the wrinkled face, forgive the ugliest sin.
Come and see. He avoids no seeker. He ignores no probe. He fears no search. Come and see. Nathanael came. And Nathanael saw. And Nathanael discovered: “Teacher, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israeal.”