John 1:49 – August 3, 2020

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” John 1:49 NABRE           

Jesus calls several disciples, the first two were called at John the Baptist’s testimony, then Peter was brought to Jesus through Andrew. Now Jesus Himself calls Philip to “Follow me.” Philip found Nathanael declaring to him Jesus messianic identity. Philip tells Nathanael that they have found the one whom Moses wrote in the law, Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth. Nathanael makes an interesting comment saying, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip challenges him to “Come and see.” As Nathanael arrives Jesus shares His vision with him concerning the conversation he had with Philip. Hearing Jesus’ knowing of their conversation Nathanael is convinced and proclaims, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God: you are the King of Israel.” Nathanael and the other disciples will go deeper into the understanding of what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah, particularly after Jesus’ death and resurrection. But in this moment Nathanael has a view toward understanding. Jesus promises him, “You will see greater things than this.” Nathanael believes because of the evidence that Jesus presents to him. Others who are called come to see and are shown many things.  Jesus says to them all, they will see the sky open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. This could be a reference to God’s appearance to Jacob at Bethel (Genesis 28:10-19) but also it indicates the kinds of things that will happen in Jesus’ ministry. 

The Apostles see many things that I think any follower of Jesus would love to be a witness too. God puts a yearning in all our hearts, a yearning for something more that only God fulfills. We are invited by friends, like Philip. Be someone who invites others to discover God’s call. 

Who do you invite? What have you seen?

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