Master to Messiah Day 2
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Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.
Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
“How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”
Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”
Jesus immediately astonishes this new group of men that are following Him. As they question Jesus’ validity because He is from Nazareth, Jesus responds by demonstrating His power. Jesus does this by telling Nathaniel that He has seen him under a tree.
Peter would have been nearby observing this miraculous act Jesus does for Nathaniel. No one knows what Peter thought, or the impact this event has on him. What we do know is that Peter then would follow Jesus on to Jerusalem.
Often, we as Christians stand in a place of observation of what God is doing. It may be in a friend or relative’s life, or in the life of the church. Even in your own life, you can think about times when Jesus acted in a significant way to validate His authority, just as He does with Nathaniel, and just as He is proving to Peter.
Pray and ask God to demonstrate His power in an area in your life where it is needed.
- What effect do you think Jesus’ conversation with Nathaniel had on the other disciples standing nearby?
- What is one way you see Jesus at work in the life of someone close to you? How do you see Him at work in your own life?