Come, See This Man is an invitation to encounter Jesus through the first hand experiences of people who have been challenged, redeemed, healed and restored into wholeness in Christ:
An irate villager struggles with the invitation of the woman at the well to, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did.”
The woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, tells of how her shame gives way to forgiveness and healing.
An old man meets Jesus and knows immediately who he is and realises that this is the most important meeting of his life.
Simon of Cyrene speaks of his thoughts and feelings as he comes face to face with Jesus and is pulled from the crowd to carry the cross.
The Centurion speaks of anger and confusion as he watches the crucifixion, until he experiences Jesus’ love pouring down from the cross.
Two friends on the road to Emmaus meet with a stranger, who turns out to be no stranger at all and their hearts are set ablaze!
Thomas takes us through his struggle of doubt versus hope, rejection versus acceptance, until he meets his Risen Lord in the upper room.
Mary goes to tend the body of Jesus and meets the living Christ.
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The Bible continues to be a source of inspiration and challenge to the many people who read it on a daily basis. It is also a valuable treasury full of stories that have been told and retold down through the generations in different formats and locations to a variety of audiences who may be less familiar with its content.
This is still true for the 21st century. Kay Brown, the author of Come and see this Man, has produced ideas and material that can be used in a variety of settings, not least in the context of Sunday Worship.
As an experienced Lay Reader in the Church of Scotland, Kay has chosen familiar incidents from the gospels and retold them using language that introduces new insights into these familiar stories.
A number of these meditations could quite easily be used to replace a sermon, allowing the reader to take time to draw the listener into the rhythm and power of the prose, which tells the story with integrity and empathy. Equally the material may well be used to retell a familiar gospel story to help illustrate a sermon, or be used in a more informal setting as part of an epilogue.
I’m happy to commend this material to a wider audience knowing that whatever way it is used, it will be a blessing to all who take time to engage with its themes and short Bible reflections.
Rt Rev Albert Bogle BD MTh, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
These ‘gems’ are the result of many hours of listening. Reading each little cameo, my understanding of biblical times was awakened. I have been taken into the lives of people Jesus met and my spirit deeply stirred. My prayer is that all who read them will find the same blessing.
I have really enjoyed reading these meditations. They have a touching simplicity which is also profoundly challenging.