Gospel, John 1:43-51
43 The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, he met Philip and said, ‘Follow me.’
44 Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’
46 Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see.’
47 When Jesus say Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.’
48 Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know me? ‘Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.’
49 Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.’
50 Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.’
51 And then he added, ‘In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.’
My personal thoughts as I read this Gospel today.
Sometimes, Jesus comes to find us directly as he did with Philip. He comes to us and moves us from our place of comfort and asks us to grow deeper in love with Him, to get closer to Him, to strengthen our relationship we have or at least should have with Him. Jesus will call upon us directly for our participation in following Him.
Just as often the Lord of Lord may also call upon someone else to indirectly move us closer to Him. Jesus worked through Philip to move Nathanael closer to Him. When Nathanael was told of Jesus and was asked by Philip to “follow me”, Philip said are you crazy, nothing good comes from Nazareth. He resisted to some extend but in the end was moved by Jesus through Nathanael.
Next time someone is speaking to us about Christ, perhaps we should stop to listen for a moment and not resist so much. Perhaps just ask for His guidance and move even closer to Him.
What are your thoughts? Please comment below.