St. John's Lutheran
Jesus Saves the Best for Last...Eternal Life!
John 1:43-51 New International Version (NIV)
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 truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
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[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[d] the Son of Man.”
Saturday - January 23
Nathanael was amazed at the knowledge that Jesus had about him. Because of the witness of Philip and then his encounter with Jesus, he proclaimed that Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Israel. However, Jesus points out that Nathanael “aint seen nothin’ yet!” Wait until he sees Jesus heal the sick, calm a raging storm and raise the dead! But Jesus saves the best for last. Nathanael will be a witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and promise of new life. That is the most amazing work of Jesus. Jesus forgives sinners and gives eternal life to those who do not deserve it! He did NOT wait for people to clean up their act, but came from on high to be with us, forgive us and raise us to new life!