Updated: Jan 30, 2018
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” (John 1:48)
Bible Reading: John 1:43-51
We find here a wonderful account of transformation. Nathanael is transformed from being a skeptic, to one who openly confesses Jesus as the Son of God. What was the turning point? Could it have been the fact that he was known by Jesus?
I have over 500 “friends” on my Facebook friends list. This, however, is a misnomer, because most of them are not my friends – contacts, yes; but friends, no. An acquaintance is someone you know about, but a friend is someone you know, period. Jesus had a knowledge of Nathanael that transcended what many bosom friends know about each other. When Nathanael was standing under the fig tree minding his own business, Jesus saw or knew him (“see” and “know” have the same root meaning in Greek (eido)). Friend, before you were formed in the womb of your mother, He knew you; before you ever gave Jesus a thought, He knew you. This knowledge was a transformational factor in Nathanael’s life. May it be so in yours too.
Thank you Lord that it’s me, you see;
me you know.
May that assurance keep changing me,
causing me to grow.
(c) 2017 – Pastor Wayne George