Come and See

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Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” — John 1:46

It’s not enough to know what the Scriptures say about Jesus, study the doctrines concerning Him, or ponder His teaching.

There’s only one way to really know Jesus: we must follow Philip’s advice and experience Jesus for ourselves.

That’s because Christianity is essentially a relationship with a Person. What we experience as we follow Jesus inspires us to love Him, share His truth, and continue following Him.

John told of a blind man healed by Jesus — on the Sabbath. The Jews, outraged that Jesus would violate the law and commit such a flagrant sin, confronted the man about who Jesus was. The man’s answer was straightforward:

Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see. — John 9:25

The healed man did not have all of the doctrinal answers. But one thing he did have was a life-changing encounter with Jesus. We may not be able to respond to all the critics or answer the cynics’ every question about our Lord. But we can, like the man Jesus healed, proclaim with confidence that “though I was blind, now I see.” Our relationship with Jesus has indeed changed our lives forever.

Excerpted with permission from Being Still With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, copyright Dr.’s Richard and Henry Blackaby.

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Your Turn

Do you sometimes feel like you aren’t qualified to be a witness of Jesus because you don’t know all the doctrinal answers? Do the questions that might be asked of you scare you off from sharing your faith? The truth is all we have to offer is our own story of conversion, healing, and the hope Jesus brought to our lives that changed everything forever. We can relate our own stories and see what God will do! Come share with us on our blog. We want to hear from you about sharing your faith even when you don’t have all the answers! ~ Devotionals Daily

Henry Blackaby

Henry Blackabyis the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Experiencing God Bible studies. Dr. Blackaby is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He has a Th.M. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, has received four honorary doctorate degrees, and is the president of Henry Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Blackaby and his wife have five married children, all serving in Christian ministry. They are blessed with fourteen grandchildren. Norman Blackaby teaches at Dallas Baptist University. He holds a PhD in Biblical Backgrounds and Archeology. Previously he has served as a senior pastor at two churches and with his father for six years as Vice President of Blackaby Ministries International. In addition, Norman is the co-author of Called & Accountable: Discovering Your Place in God's Eternal Purpose, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example, and The Blackaby Study Bible. He and his family live near Dallas, Texas. Melvin Blackaby earned a B.A. from Hardin Simmons University, and an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-authored with Henry Blackaby Experiencing God Together: God's Plan to Touch Your World and What's So Spiritual About Your Gifts? He is senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

Richard Blackaby

Richard Blackaby earned a Bachelors degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University. Richard served as senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba and then as president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta for thirteen years.

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