Reading: John 1: 43-51
Verse 49: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel”.
Jesus finds Philip and simply says, “Follow me” and Philip does. He hears these simple words and is all in. Philip invites his friend to do the same, but Nathanael is a little more reluctant. It is not until he begins to interact with Jesus that he comes to follow Jesus. After Jesus offers a little proof of who He is, Nathanael declares, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel”. Philip and Nathanael are two good disciple prototypes.
Some believers are like Philip. There is a sense of the call to follow Jesus. For many like Philip, the call comes through our upbringing. We were raised in the church and initially had the faith of our parents or grandparents. But then one day we sensed a call to a personal faith as Jesus said to us, “Follow me”. Like Philip, at that point we responded to a call to go deeper, to make our faith a personal and intimate faith.
Other believers come to faith like Nathanael. Jesus does something in their life that has a sudden impact or jars them a bit. In a moment they realize just who Jesus is and they feel compelled to give their lives to Jesus. In this, the decision point is much the same for both prototypes. It is a realization that Jesus knows us and is calling us into a personal relationship with Him.
The decision to enter into a saving relationship with Jesus is just the beginning. From there on out it takes commitment and obedience to walk daily with Christ. We invest our time and energy to get to know Jesus more and more. As we do so, we grow to be more and more like Jesus. Eventually others begin to see Jesus in us. When they do, often they begin to seek Him out too. When they do, may we have the courage to say to them, “Come and see” as they begin their own journey of faith. O Lord, grant us the courage today and every day to be a witness to Jesus Christ. Amen.