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Follow Me

Online is a comical picture of Jesus sitting on a park bench talking with a young man. The caption reads, “No, I’m not talking about Twitter. I literally want you to follow me.”

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Are you simply skimming the words of Jesus, like a twitter feed, or are you purposely pursuing Him?

Following Jesus

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”  Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. (John 1:43-44)
Jesus took the initiative to ask Philip. Nothing is said of Him asking Andrew or the others. He went out of His way to enlist Philip into the “band of brothers.”

Philip the evangelist

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”  (John 1:45)
Philip acts like a torch setting another torch on fire. Experiencing Jesus causes people to tell others about Him.

Come and see

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.  (John 1:46)
Nathanael’s hometown is Cana, located near Nazareth. Their proximity may have pitted a rivalry. Philip simply replied, “Come and see,” not arguing but inviting.

Divine insight

As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” (John 1:47-48)
Jesus salutes Nathanael as being straightforward, someone spending time in prayer.

The fig tree is a symbol of home, with it’s shade frequently used as a place of prayer and mediation. Nathanael possibly had an extraordinary experience with God in the privacy of his home.

King Jesus

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”  (John 1: 49)
Jesus had a special insight about Nathanael. In return he expresses awe in meeting the Rabbi, the Son of God and divine King.The royalty of Jesus is important, even though it is veiled by his lowly life and death. By declaring Him King, Nathanael submits himself to Jesus.

The stairway

Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.” (John 1:50-51)

The phrase “I tell you the truth” gives substance to the rest of His statement. Jesus is revealing His link between heaven and earth.

He is the means by which the reality of heaven is brought to earth, making possible a relationship with God.”

Jesus

In this chapter Jesus is given several titles: the Logos (the Word) (v.1), God (v.1), the Light of men (v.4), the true Light (v.9), the only begotten from the Father (v.14), a greater than John the Baptist (vv.15, 26-27, 30), Jesus Christ (v.17), the Lord (v.23), the Lamb of God (vv.29, 36), he that baptizes with the Holy Spirit (v.33), God’s Chosen One (v.34), the Son of God (v.49), Rabbi (v.38, 49), and the King of Israel (v.49). John paints a glorious picture of Jesus.

The challenge

Jesus knows you and invites you to come to Him. Tell others to join you and experience more of heaven on earth.

Who could you invite to experience Jesus? Share your comments below.