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Title: The Astonishing Reach of Jesus' Call "Come and see."
Such simple words, yet wrapped in divine potency. Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Eternal Word, does not merely summon philosophers and theologians; He calls fishermen and tax collectors. Our stands as a radiant revelation that Jesus knows us deeply, yet still invites us to follow Him—foretelling the splendors we are yet to encounter in Him.
Listen to the conversation between Nathaniel and Jesus
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." ... Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." (John 1:43-51, ESV)
Divine Summon Philip was not in quest of Jesus. It was Jesus who went to Galilee with the intention to find Philip. How marvelous is this initiative of grace? Before we ever think of seeking God, He seeks us. Before we love Him, He loves us. You did not choose Christ; Christ chose you, that you should go and bear fruit (John 15:16). But oh, what a Christ-focused life waits for the one who answers this sovereign call!
The Eye that Pierces When Nathanael first hears of Jesus from Nazareth, he doubts. Could anything good come out of Nazareth? Yet when he comes into contact with Christ, Jesus sees through him. Jesus knew Nathanael was under the fig tree before Philip found him. This is not mere human perception; this is divine insight! In this same way, Christ knows you—your sins, your fears, your doubts. Yet, He calls you still. "You Will See Greater Things" Nathanael's confession that Jesus is the Son of God and King of Israel erupts from his astonished heart.
Yet, Jesus promises, "you will see greater things than these." How endless is the expanse of Christ's glory! If a mere glimpse can evoke such faith, what would a lifetime—or an eternity—generate?
A Ladder to Heaven
Jesus concludes by invoking the imagery of Jacob's ladder, with angels ascending and descending. But now, the ladder is not merely a stairway; it's a Person. It's Jesus Himself. He is the way, the bridge between Heaven and Earth. Through Him, the New Covenant is etched, not on tablets of stone, but on the fleshy tablets of our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3).
Oh, glorious Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life. Thank you for seeing me when I was yet hidden, for knowing me when I was yet unknown, and for calling me into the stupendous glory that awaits all who follow you.In your precious name, Amen.
Thus, let our eyes be Christ-focused, our hearts Christ-enamored, and our lives Christ-centered. For in following Him, we shall indeed see "greater things." Amen.