The word "come" may seem like a simple four letter word, but it holds a powerful punch behind it. With this word, Jesus changed the lives of twelve ordinary men. One day they were going about their business and the next they left it all behind to follow Christ. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you to fish for people" (Mark 1:17). "Come and see," and they followed him (John 1:37).
When the invitation to "come" was pronounced, a dead man was brought back to life. "Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go" (John 11:43-44).
Relief and refreshment filled those who took heed of Jesus' words in Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). And the laughter of children filled the air when Jesus announced, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14).
Death lost its victory when Christ came forth from the tomb. The angel of the Lord delivered the exciting news to the women on that Easter morning declaring, "Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee" (Matthew 28:6-7).
There are times in our own lives when we feel the Lord calling us to come to Him in service and commitment, but we hold back out of fear. Remember those who heeded the invitation to come and the life in Christ that followed. Confess the hesitancy and ask for the courage to step forward in faith and trust. God will be with us every step of the way. "Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men" (Psalm 66:5).