Friday, June 15, 2012

Embracing Jesus- John 1:43-51

John 1:43-51 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" Then he said, I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth."

I cling to this passage today because of Christ's knowing.  His knowing of the ones who have been created in this world.  He knows each of us by name and He knows our hearts.  He knows our happy, He knows our sad, He knows our messy and excitement.  He knows our troubles before we even utter them and He wants to take our burdens.  Its beautiful.  Its love.
Jesus has an excitement in this passage I feel for Nathanael.  He prepares Him to see greater things.  He is ready to take Him on a journey, one that will change His life.  Jesus has changed my life.  I cannot look at the world with the same lenses as I once did even if I tried. Sometimes its a battle, but the Holy Spirit is always stirring things up in me.  Once He has you its difficult not to hear Him.  I try to look through Christ.  I dont think I am a woman of "complete integrity".  What would Jesus say about me if He was to find me under the fig tree?
"Now here is Candace, come with me, you have a huge heart and never want to see people hurt, but I want to show you not to worry so much.  Dont you know you dont have to fix every problem. Im going to be your partner in this.  You think that just because I know this about you that I am totally fascinating?  Im going to take you on the most amazing journey of your life! Follow ME".  I think today those would be the red letters to me. 

1 comment:

  1. I learned something! Lol this was an original, and also deep and meaningful post. I read some posts that say a lot of the same stuff some days so thanks. ^_^