There was SO much goodness in this passage of Scripture that I dont even know where to begin.
First, Jesus comes to FIND Philip. He specifically and intentionally DECIDED to go to Galilee, just to find Philip. We do not choose Him, He chooses us. He seeks us out. He knew Philip, and every sin he’d ever committed and ever would, and He still CHOSE him and called him to Himself.
The next part is that once Philip had decided to follow Jesus, he went and found someone to tell! He shared Jesus with Nathanael, and although Nathanael had doubts, Philip knew that it wasn’t his job to save Nathanael, he knew he couldn’t be the one to break through to Nathanael’s heart, but he invited him to “Come and see” the One who could.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, and immeadiately let him know that he KNEW who he was. Jesus knew Nathanael. Jesus knows us and loves us fully.
“Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.””(John 1:48)
Jesus knew and loved Nathanael before Nathanael even knew who He was. He saw Nathanael “when he was under the fig tree”. He saw us wherever we were before Him, He saw our lives, our sin, our personalities, our flaws and our weaknessess. He saw us there, under our fig tree, and since the beginning of time, He has made a plan to MEET us and bring us to Himself.
Nathanael realized who Jesus was, he understood what it was to be fully known and fully loved, and he believed. But Jesus tells him that he will see “greater things than these”! When we walk towards Jesus, when we decide to trust in Him and follow Him with our lives, believing is just the beginning.
In Christ lies the promise of eternal life with God the Father! The things of heaven! The riches of eternity! Exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! A Kingdom greater than anything we could ever find or build here.
Greater things than these.
So, come and see.