The day after He met Peter and Andrew, Jesus returned to Galilee. He met Philip, and said to him, “Follow Me.” Philip went looking for Nathanael. “We’ve found Him!” he said, “the very one Moses and the prophets wrote about. His Name is Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

Nathanael’s gave his classic response “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

“Come and see,” responded Philip.

As they approached Jesus, He greeted Nathanael with these words “Now here is a genuine son of Israel, a man of complete integrity!”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael replied.  And Jesus told him,”I saw you under the fig tree, before Philip found you.” “Teacher,” said Nathanael, “you are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus responded, “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 1:51 NLT

When Jesus called Philip to follow Him, one of the first things Philip did was to go in search of his friend Nathanael, to share the good news with him. In the context of Philip’s announcement, that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the prophesies, Nathanael’s comment makes sense–“What prophet said Messiah would come from Nazareth?” But Philip had been with Jesus, and there was no turning back. So he simply said to Nathanael, “Come and see.”

And when Nathanael met Jesus for the first time, Jesus had the same effect on him. Rarely in the Gospels do we find such an unequivocal statement as Nathanael’s during that first conversation.  “You are the Son of God!”

Jesus is Himself the stairway between heaven and earth. He came to earth to reveal His Father, and the Kingdom of Heaven to us. And, because of His completed mission on earth, and His resurrection and ascension, He has also become the only way for us to enter Heaven.

 

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