Nathaniel didn’t know how to respond.
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
“Where do you know about me from? Who’s been talking about me? Did Philip tell you about me?”
This is the big question. Everybody has it. Does God know me?
The fact is that Christ knows us all personally. He knows who we are and what we want from life, as well as our struggles and triumphs.
But Jesus went even further with Nathanael. He looked at him and told him, “Before Philip called you – while you were under the tree…I knew you.” This is the God we serve.
In the Old Testament book of Genesis, we see a servant named Hagar. She was pregnant and running away from Sarah, her master’s wife. She finds herself in the desert and about to die of thirst. That’s when an angel showed up to rescue her and prophesy about her and her son’s future.
She’s shown where to find water nearby. She was totally overwhelmed by the knowledge that God cared enough to intervene in her situation.
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
She called God by a new name – El Roi – literally, the God who sees me. She then named that place the well of the Living One who sees me.
“Yes Nathaniel, I knew you before you knew me.”
His heart was laid bare.
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
This is why Philip was called to bring the Good News to Nathaniel. He shared that this Rabbi, Jesus, was the Son of God; the King of Israel.
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Nathanael believed simply because of what he heard Jesus say. That’s amazing. There were people in Israel who saw great miracles and still didn’t believe.
We need to be excited about the God who sees us and knows us. We must let those around us know that God sees them, knows them, loves them, and is excited about them.
Be a Philip.
Question: Who can you share the Good News of Jesus with?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016