Sometimes, We’d Like A Little Proof, But We Must Believe

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 8/24/20 – John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Back to the Gospel of John, we hear a precursor of coming times. Before Thomas, there is Nathanael.

When Philip tells Nathaniel they have found the one written in scripture, Nathanael scoffs. Even showing a bit of racism against the Nazarenes.

But Jesus prophesies to him about who he is. Jesus goes into detail of how he saw him before Philip even speaks to him.

Nathanael is convinced by this.

How different is this from what Thomas does in the Upper Room? He was convinced after sticking his fingers in the holes in the hands of Jesus and then his hand in the hole in his side.

We all come to believe in different ways and different times.

Ultimately, it’s that we come to believe.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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