John 1:43-51: The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[j]you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  John 1:43-51.

Jesus found Philip and Philip found Nathanael.  Every single one of the disciples that followed Jesus was drawn and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.  it was the long hours that Jesus spent in prayer that open the door for the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who would follow Him.

When Nathanael heard that Jesus was from Nazareth his first questions was if anything good could come of our Nazareth.  Nazareth was a town that didn’t have a reputation of greatness.  But God planned all things in a specific way that Jesus would be born to very simple parents, He would be born in a very simple town, and He would spend the early part of His years as a simple carpenter.

But when Jesus began to speak to Nathanael it was the Holy Spirit who quickened Nathanael to the words of Jesus and His heart was cut to the core.  Every one of the disciples who chose to follow Jesus were prepared long before the day they actually met Jesus.  Throughout their lives in the very simple things the Holy Spirit was preparing them.

In every trial and challenged they faced up to this point was placed in their lives to soften them to Jesus.  Many times when we go through things in life we fail to understand that God has a greater purpose in the trials and test we are facing.  We must understand that long before we choose to follow Jesus that we were chosen by the Lord and our lives are designed in a way to soften us to follow Jesus Christ.

This was the beginning of what today is known as Christianity.  A humble savior who chose very ordinary men and empowered them through the Holy Spirit to change the world and turn it upside down.  So many times we may look at ourselves and ask the question “how could God use me to change the world”.  But the truth is that He is simply seeking those who are willing.  He is simply seeking those who will simply say yes.

Because when we do say yes it is the Holy Spirit and the grace of God who empowers us to do all things.  It is God’s grace that enables us because His grace is His unmerited favor upon our lives.  We didn’t earn His favor, but it is given by faith in Jesus Christ.  The Lord has simply called us to abide in Him and as we abide our hearts and lives are transformed and used as a vessel of His glory.  Let us simply be willing to say yes and like Philip and Nathanael be used to change and impact the world for the name of Jesus.


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