Thursday, 5 January 2012

5th January 2012 John 1:42-51

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
[43] The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” [44] Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. [45] Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” [46] “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. [47] When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” [48] “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” [49] Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” [50] Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” [51] He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

I am reminded that my own path to faith needed a massive symbol; that I couldn't accept God until something spectacular was before me.  And I'm thankful that not all the disciples followed with such ease, that there were doubts and these were ok with Jesus.

Jesus we thank you for showing yourself to each of us in the way we need to see you; you seek us and we rejoice in that.  Amen

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