Wednesday, August 09, 2006

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."

It always strikes a good chord with me when I see that the New Testament references and supports the Old Testament. Jesus was clearly a Jewish figure who was looked forward to by anyone familiar with the Law. Jesus also lived a sinless life. The Bible says nobody but God did that. Here is another reference to His divinity.

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."

Sounds like we can expect some great things from the Son of God, the King of Israel. So far, this is not like any tract I have seen or handed out. But, let's keep going and see what God is able to do with our hearts using His Word.

1 comment:

VangyBlue said...

Hi Dru, funny... we just went through that story with Nathanel, and then the story of the Wine Miracle of Christ the last couple weeks in sermons at my church.