The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Come and see.” So often in our lives, we want to sit on the sidelines instead of jumping in. But Jesus calls us to “come and see.” We can’t just sit on the sidelines and not participate in the kingdom of God. We have to be all in. Think about what it means to be a follower of God. How can we faithfully follow God? How can we take risks for our faith? How can we step out on a limb for our faith? Think about a situation that needs your spiritual gifts, and seek to help bring peace to that situation.
Lord, I rejoice that nothing can come between me and your love, even when I feel alone or in difficulty, when in sickness or am troubled. Even if attacked or afraid, no abyss of mine is so deep that your love is not deeper still. In your holy name we pray, Amen.