“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (John 1:45-46)
When Jesus called his first disciples, some of them were skeptical. The gospel of John records how Nathanael was not immediately convinced that Jesus could be the man of whom the holy Scriptures were speaking for centuries. Jesus did not meet all of his expectations. For one thing,
He was not from the religious ‘place-to-be’ but from Nazareth. This was confusing to many people. Some turned their back to Jesus for this reason. But Nathanael was encouraged by Philip not to stay stuck in his doubts, but to “come and see” for himself! That was the right thing to do for with just a few sentences, Jesus convinced him that He was the Son
of God and the King of Israel. Nathanael became a disciple and followed Jesus for three years. During this time, he learned a lot about Jesus’ identity and mission by listening to his teaching and watching his miracles.
Nowadays, we can’t see Jesus for ourselves anymore. But we have four Bible books full of records of his words and deeds. I encourage you to read these to get to know Jesus for yourself! Let him convince you of his true identity. Nobody else can.
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