John 1:47-48 NIV – 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.
“We ought also to gather from this passage a useful doctrine, that when we are not thinking of Christ, we are observed by him; and it is necessary that it should be so, that he may bring us back, when we have wandered from the right path.” [J. Calvin, Commentary on John]
Something about Jesus’ words made Nathanael stop in his tracks. It might not seem that significant to us, but for Nathanael, it struck a chord. All of a sudden, he’s backtracking in his mind, thinking, “Maybe something good can come from Nazareth!” Actually, not just “something good,” but maybe the most-good thing conceivable—God’s Savior, our King!
Hope is not just our outlook on the future. Optimists believe life is what you make it. Pessimists don’t seem to care. Doomsday activists are sounding the alarm on the latest conspiracy. Christian hope is not about deciphering the future. All of history is moving toward the second advent of Jesus. Hope has come to us. He has been observing us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. And now he has come to personally accompany us toward his coming glory. Our hope is not in some distant future… Hope is with us!
Prayer: Lord, we have nothing to fear because you are with us. Our Savior, our King, our Hope! You are with us! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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