Reading: John 1:43-51
Verse 46: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there”?
Our key verse today is full of emotion and opinion. Nathanael dismisses any chance of Jesus being the Messiah because of his preconceived notions about Nazareth. He looks right past Philip’s excitement and belief in finding the One. Nathanael cannot see past all his world has ever been or known. I wonder if he has even ever been to Nazareth.
Sometimes though, we are all guilty of doing just what Nathanael did. We make a decision or pass a judgment on what we think we know. Often this comes from our parents or friends, sometimes from society or culture. We have all been guilty of drawing conclusions or making assumptions based on things like ethnicity, socio-economic status, appearance, gender, family of origin, …
To illustrate, a quick youth group story. After cooking and sharing a meal with a group of people on the street outside the church, one of the young men in the group shared something with me. He had spent some time eating and talking with one of our guests. Afterward, he came up to me and said, “They’re just like me”. Yes, they are just like us. When we are willing to spend time with someone, getting to know them, we come to the same conclusion. Our lot in life at the moment may be different, but we are all the same on some levels. One for sure is our place as a beloved child of God.
Philip could have thrown his hands up in the air or he could have walked away, but he did not. He simply said, “Come and see”. Come and see the One who will save the world. Come and see. It is our invitation too. Come and see what Jesus will do in our lives. Come and see how He will forever change you and your life. Come and see how Jesus changes our hearts and minds, making it easier to love the other. Come and see how He changes our eyes, helping us to see the world as He sees the world. Come and see!