“The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, “Follow Me! ” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets ): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth! ” “Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered. Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, “Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him.” “How do you know me? ” Nathanael asked. “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered. “Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! ” Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then He said, “I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:43-51
The next day . . .its now 3 days since the Pharesees first questioned John the Baptiser or JB about who he was, who he was following and who or what he represented. He replied that he was the forerunner of the Messiah and that the One he represented predated himself and time itself! So now 3 days later and one day after Andrew (Simon Peter’s brother) and another disciple or follower of JB, plus now Simon Peter himself had begun to follow Jesus, that Jesus decides to leave Galilee and finds Philip and invites him to be a Christ-follower as well (vs 43). Philip, in turn, finds Nathanael and says to him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law”, he added, He’s “Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!” Nathanael pops off and sarcastically asks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philips tells him, “Come and see”!
So Jesus sees Nathanael coming and says, “Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him” to which Nathanael responds, “How do you know me?” Jesus’ answer revealed that he knew Nathanael in a way only God could know him-He sights seeing him sitting under a fig tree, doing what, we don’t know! It doesn’t matter-Jesus had seen Nathanael in a way that was humanly impossible, convincing Nathanael that Jesus was more than just a mere man! His response speaks to his enlightened heart, he calls Jesus “Rabbi”, (which means teacher and is a term of respect)and says, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” In saying this, he acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah, the One for Whom Israel waited. Jesus’ response to this was most fastinating. He says, Nathanael, you’re impressed and call me the Messiah because I said I saw you under a tree? That’s nothing! You will see greater things than this.”. . . “I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” And they did see angels, some ministering to Jesus, sent staight from Heaven. And they saw miracles and healings and demons being cast them out of people. Yhey saw the dead rise. They saw Jesus, all God in human form, completely defy the boundries of human power and physical limitations! They saw Him walk on water, turn ordinary water into extraordinary wine and calm the raging waves of a stormy see with a soft command! They saw Him agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane as He choose God’s will over His fleshly desires and the saw Him weep over the lostness of the Nation of Israel at His friend’s funeral. Nathanael and the other disciples witnessed all of these things, indeed proof that Jesus is God!
What have you seen Jesus do?
Think about it!