1/13/15 Another Set Of Brothers

Peter and Andrew stay with Jesus that night and get to know each other a little bit better.  In the morning, Jesus finds Philip, who has been a disciple of John along with Andrew, and asks Philip to join Him in Galilee.  Philip goes to find his brother, Nathanael.  He says, “Come with me and see the Messiah!  We have found him at last!  His name is Jesus, son of Joseph of Nazareth!”  Nathanael, like Simon, is skeptical, especially when he hears the part about this Messiah being from Nazareth.  Nazareth is a small, unimportant town in Galilee.  Messiah, the real Messiah, is the most important person ever in the history of the world.  How could he come from a small town many people have never even heard of?  He asks his brother, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  But Philip urges him to come, saying, “Come and see for yourself.”  Philip knows that as soon as Nathanael meets Jesus, there will no longer be any doubt.  So, Nathanael comes to see Jesus for himself.  Jesus sees them coming and says, “Look!  Here comes an Israelite who is truly trustworthy!”  Nathanael is surprised.  He asks, “How do you know anything about me?”  Jesus replies, “I saw you sitting under the fig tree, even before your brother found you.”  “It’s true, then!  You are the Messiah!” Nathanael says.  “You believe I am the Messiah just because I said I saw you under the fig tree?” asks Jesus.  “I will show you much greater things – you will all see while awake what the Patriarch Jacob, your ancestor, saw in a dream at Bethel.  You will see Heaven opened up, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man, the ladder between Heaven and earth.  Jacob only saw a ladder and the angels upon it.  He did not know what it meant, except that it was of God.  But it will be made clear to you.  You will see with your eyes and understand with your hearts that the Son of Man is the ladder, the only way to go from earth to Heaven, and from Heaven to earth.”

John 2:43-51, Genesis 28:10-17

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