Friday, April 21, 2017

Grace and Truth 3

John 1:40-51

I’d like to be like Andrew, but I know I’m more like Nathanael.

Andrew had been a follower of John the Baptist, but he believed John’s teaching that Jesus was the Messiah, and he left John to follow Jesus.

The first thing Andrew did was go get his brother Peter and tell him about Jesus. That’s so great. I want that to be the first thing I do.

Peter ended up being the more famous of the two brothers, but I don’t get the feeling from the Bible that Andrew let that bother him.

He believed in Jesus, and the first thing he did was go tell his brother and bring him to Jesus. That’s the example I want to follow.

Philip did the same thing. As soon as Jesus called him, he went and told Nathanael they’d found the one God promised, Jesus of Nazareth.

And what did Nathanael say?

From verse 46: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

That’s who I am. Like doubting Thomas, we have doubting Nathanael. Doubting Kathy.

But Jesus took the time to teach Nathanael. He proved to Nathanael who he was. And when Nathanael accepted him as the Son of God, Jesus promised him that he would see so much more.

Verses 50-51: Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

Yes, I have so many doubts. I ask so many questions. But God is okay with that.

He takes the time to answer our questions and show us who he is. Then we can become like Andrew, and Philip.

Verse 46: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

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