John 1:48-49 NIV – 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.”
How quickly Nathanael has changed his tune! A moment ago, he scoffed, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Now he’s declaring Jesus, the Son of God! Why? Because Jesus saw him “under the fig tree”? But what does this expression mean?
Read these Old Testament passages that prophesy about a time when God would send the Savior: “But they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid” (Micah 4.4); “On that day, says the LORD… you shall invite each other to come under your vine and fig tree.” (Zechariah 3.10); “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up… a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king… In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.” (Jeremiah 23.5-6)
Under his fig tree, Nathanael’s been hoping for the Savior to come. Jesus revealed, in a way that was meaningful to Nathanael, that He is “the Branch” sent by God… the Son of God, king of Israel, bringing salvation and safety, and even more than he ever hoped for.
Prayer: Lord, our Savior and King, lead us toward even greater things! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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