43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Philip felt the definite need to share God's love. Philip probably was the first evangelist of Jesus Christ. The Church today is still built on a 20th century model, different in some important aspects from the 1st century Church. Today we build a church, place the sign in the front and we have a "if you build it, they will come" attitude. It is more of a go to church and be part of it. The joy and excitement of the first century church was like Philip's, "come and see". The first century church ached to to share God's love, it radically changed them. The "come and see" attitude was life changing.
As we leave our church parking lot, there is a reminder, you are: "Now Entering the Mission Field. " There is a new term to remind us of Jesus Christ's great commission, Missional. To be Missional is a term to live out come and see. Our church is going to a nearby apartment building, known to have many single moms with children. There will be an Easter Egg hunt for the 50 kids, with Resurrection Eggs - inside each egg it will declare the Easter story - Jesus is Alive!
It is a beautiful and important difference to live our lives looking for the God given opportunity to share the Love God has for us. An attitude of expectancy, God will give us an open door, an open heart to bring others to Jesus Christ.