“The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, “Follow Me! ” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets ): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth! ””, John 1:43-45 HCSB
• It is interesting to me that Andrew told Peter that Jesus was the Messiah and that Philip told Nathaniel that Jesus was the one Moses and the other prophets wrote about before they even spent time with Jesus! What made them think these things so early on?
““Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered. Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, “Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him.” “How do you know me? ” Nathanael asked. “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered. “Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! ” Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then He said, “I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.””, John 1:46-51 HCSB
• I wonder if Jesus did something similar but tailored individually with Andrew and Philip to make them believe Jesus was the Messiah and was the One written about by Moses and the prophets that the Bible simply doesn’t record.
• What was the big deal about Jesus seeing Nathaniel under the fig tree before Philip called him? I think it was probably that no one else was around while Nathaniel was sitting under the fig tree and was probably earlier in the day before Philip (or anyone else?) could have seen that he was under the fig tree? In other words, maybe no one was around but God and so how could Jesus have seen him? And/or maybe Nathaniel was praying to God at the time? It’s faith building to realize that when we are alone (not around any people), God the Father and our Lord Jesus see us, hear us, know all of our thoughts, know all of our problems and all the things that trouble us, i.e., are with us. God is always around even when we feel alone and lonely.