“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
John 1: 48
Nathanael didn’t quite believe Philip when he said Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. In fact, Nathanael’s response was, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46)
When Nathanael checks Jesus out, ‘instead of confronting Nathanael about his unbelief’ Jesus speaks to him about a part of Nathanael’s life that no human would know. He reveals to Nathanael that He, as the Son of God, knows him. “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you,” Jesus tells him. To me it says that even before Nathanael started his ministry work, Jesus saw him. Even when no one else knew what Nathanael was capable of, Jesus saw him.
It’s in this instance that Nathanael believes Jesus truly is who Philip said He is.
In the same way, Jesus sees us. Even before anyone sees what we are capable of, He knows us and He sees us.
Jesus sees you. He has been with you, watching you, walking with you. He has seen the pain, the struggle, the depth of your desire. He also sees you today, where you are working, where you live and where you love. Jesus sees you and He is wanting to draw ever closer as you spend your life in Him.
Jesus, where did You see me?
Thank You for seeing me today, Jesus. You see me. You see me. I am right here. Thank You, Amen.
by Idelette McVicker
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