It is now two days since the Jerusalem contingent came to investigate John’s baptizing services in the Jordan. It is two days since John declared to all that Jesus was the Anointed One, which in Jewish history meant a new king. It is just the day after that young John and his friend Andrew followed Jesus to hang with Him for the day and also introduce Andrews’s brother, Simon, who got a new name when He met Jesus. (Peter)
Long, long awaited changes can happen fast -once the door is opened. On this day, it was Jesus who did the seeking. Philip, who was from the same town as Peter and Andrew, was found by Jesus. Perhaps his friends had mentioned him to Jesus. But Jesus knew his heart, and simply approached him, and said two words. “Follow me”. Those words of powerful command, that still held a choice, captured, perhaps entranced Philips heart. Without hesitation, Philip not only follows, but he goes and collect another friend. He seeks out Nathaniel, who is not so easily convinced. Jesus’s hometown does not have a good reputation. Perhaps it is the butt of many jokes. Yet at Philips invitation to come see for himself, Nathaniel comes. Something about Philips response to this man, Jesus, grips Nathaniel’s curiosity enough to check it out. That’s all that is needed when there is respect and trust among friends. Philip was changing his entire life, and Nate was going to find out why.
Jesus saw them approaching and commented to the others,(Young John, Andrew, and Peter) that here comes an Israelite with no “guile” in other words, here is a man who speaks his mind. I love the variety of characters Jesus is gathering around Him. (On further study, I expect all mankind will find one character to identify with.). Nathaniel hears what Jesus says about him and naturally asks how He could possibly know such a thing which rings very deeply true to Nate. Nate is shocked to the core when Jesus next explains that before Philip even showed up, Jesus had seen Nate sitting under the fig tree. Philips response makes it clear that no one could have seen him there and with all his heart, Nathaniel also, like his friend Philip, commits to follow this Jesus. He declare his full state of belief, Jesus is rabbi, Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus is the King of Israel! Wow. Think deeply on that one. Nate is a blunt man, and speaks truth, and every bit of him declares truth. He has yet to walk life with Jesus, but he has spoken his words of faith and he will follow. He will journey. Jesus speaks about the journey ahead, it must encourage him to know what will come. We don’t know what Jesus said to the others when they first came, but John wants us all to hear this. With Jesus we shall see “the heavens open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man”.
How is my walk today? Am I alert and watching for what God is doing? The very God of heaven and earth, is attended by His angels as He walks these next years with His followers, His friends. Self, pay attention as I journey with Christ. There are great things to see and learn when following Jesus. Jesus has a purpose, and part of it is that we go with Him. Where is He taking me today? Am I excited for His plan for today. Are my eyes open to behold His glory? Am I inviting my friends along?