“Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’” vs. 50
Nathaniel was expecting to meet a carpenter’s son from Nazareth when he went with Philip. Instead he encountered Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the king of Israel and he was blown away, turned from a doubter to a believer within moments of their introduction. Nathaniel’s faith story is the first to be told by the gospel writer John but it’s certainly not the last. Again and again as people meet Jesus they are moved to confess him as Lord. Of course that’s John’s intention…his whole gospel was written to convince the world that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Most of us have belief stories too. Some, like Nathaniel, don’t need much convincing at all…there’s just something about Jesus that is irresistible…and the recorded miracles are amazing. Others need the greater things hinted at by Jesus in this text. For them it’s all about the resurrection…and they actually feel the presence of Jesus in their lives. But others have an even tougher time believing that Jesus is the Christ. Miracles are unconvincing and the resurrection is hard to swallow. These folks are tough nuts to crack…but surprisingly some of them become believers too. For one reason or another they put aside their incredulity and embrace faith…and it becomes the cornerstone of their life!
Thought for the Day: What makes me a believer?