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How Do You Know Me?

Weekly Devotionals

How Do You Know Me?

Read John 1:45-51

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[d] the Son of Man.”

1. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Because Jesus comes from the wrong town, Nathaniel is tempted to dismiss him as a nobody. Do I fail to recognize God in people because of where they come from? How they speak? What they look like?

2. Nathaniel’s words, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel,” are a personal act of faith in Jesus. What words would you use to express your faith in Jesus? Or perhaps, you don’t use words at all…

3. As you read this story again, imagine yourself in this scene, perhaps as Nathaniel. See all these things going on around you, here these words being spoken to you:

Read John 1:45-51 again

Now allow the scene to unfold in your imagination. What do you say to Jesus next? And what does he say to YOU?

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and forever shall be, world without end. Amen.