So in the passage, Jesus utters the famous words: “Come and See”.
They weren’t enthralled because He had a nice home, or because Jesus was a good philosopher, or because He said good jokes, or because He promised them a good job. They had met someone who penetrated their deep hearts, who had an answer for their deepest longing, their pains, their sins, their questions and eternity.
Taste And See
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. We really care only about those things which make a difference and that meeting made a tremendous difference to the disciples.
Who knows what joy, peace and security they felt there. Enough to make them run to Peter and Philip (who is called by Jesus’ initiative) to run to get Nathaniel (perhaps Bartholomew of the synoptics) who also uses the words: ‘Come and See’.
When you go to a restaurant you read the menu, check the ingredients and maybe you ask the waiter some questions … but the menu itself doesn’t satisfy your hunger. You need to eat, to taste.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34,8).
The Experience of Relationship
In biblical terms ‘to see’ is ‘to experience’.
This was not an appointment the disciples went to without the intention of repeating. It was the beginning of the most important relationship. That is why the two most important decisions we will ever take in our lives is to encounter Jesus as the Saviour and Lord of our lives and to sustain that relationship through daily prayer.