Day Four: God’s Overture

John 1:48, 50 (NIV)
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”

“Finally, John is aware that the process of discipleship and conversion are not matters left in human hands. Nathanael must ‘come and see,’ but Jesus has ‘seen’ him already. ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you’ (1:48). These are remarkable words that point to Jesus’ supernatural knowledge, but also to God’s sovereign awareness of those who will accept the light. God sees us before we see him. God will ‘come and see’ before we ever think about discipleship. God makes his overture before we consider making our own.” (Gary Burge, John, NIVAC)

God wants to show us greater things, but though Jesus was able to see Nathanael a long way off, Nathanael had to come near to Jesus to encounter him. Nathanael had to go home to Cana with Jesus, described in John 2, to the wedding feast and to see Jesus change water into wine. There is an immediate start to the fulfillment of the promise that Nathanael would see greater things.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we respond to your overture, your invitation for us to follow you. May we see the greater things you have promised. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Living With a Fire” by Jesus Culture (click here).

– AK