Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 12:30 am

Day Three – Between You and Me

John 1:35-42

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.  When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.  Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on ‘the Son of Man.”

Reflection

The day that Andrew and the other disciple stayed with Jesus, when they came and saw, what did Jesus say?  What was He like? What about Nathanael’s encounter with Jesus? What happened under the fig tree? We can try to imagine the time between the disciples and Jesus, and even try to guess why the fig tree was so significant to Nathanael, however it was not explained for us.  It was just for them to know. We do know, however, that these were intimate moments that confirmed for these three individuals that Jesus was truly the Messiah.  What they heard, what they were taught, how they were treated, what they saw, and what was revealed to them about Jesus all began to build in them a trust and passion to follow Him. In our lives too, Jesus invites us to know him intimately and share with us moments that are just between him and us. Moments that will confirm in our hearts that he is Lord!

Responding to the Word

Perhaps we feel distant from God today or we want more of these intimate times. Let’s respond in prayer, confessing to God that we want to be with him, we want to know him intimately. Let’s trust and declare that it is God who sees us first, who invites us into a continuing deep relationship with him everyday.

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