Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

The Gospel of John 1:43-51

At this point in the Gospel of John Jesus has John, Phillip and Peter as disciples. Jesus takes Phillip and they go to Galilee. Phillip sees his brother Nathanael and tells him that, “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.” Phillip is saying so much in this sentence.

In Genesis 3:15 we see that Jesus will attack Satan. In Genesis 22:18 God tells Abraham that all nations will be blessed by the name of his descendants. In Deuteronomy 18:18-22 God tells the Israelites that he will raise up a prophet like Moses and will punish anyone that does not listen to him. We also learn how to tell if a prophet is true in these verses. Moving on to Isaiah 7:14  Phillip mentions the son of Joseph which would have been doubted by everyone and by mentioning prophets Phillips is saying Jesus is the virgin born. Or even Isaiah 9:6 where it says the child will be called everlasting God and mighty father. Phillips statement is loaded to someone who has a great knowledge of the Tanakh or Jewish Old Testament.

Nathanael responds like any of us would when someone tells us they just saw God in human form. He mocks can anything good come from Nazareth. Phillip simply responds come and see. Phillip then takes Nathanael to introduce Him to Jesus. I’m goin to take a minute here for application. When we meet Jesus and understand the wonderful thing of who He is we should want to go to our family and introduce them to Jesus. It is not our responsibility to convince them that Jesus is who we say He is, the Holy Spirit will do that as we will see in a minute. We just need to make sure we show that we believe who He is and that we want them to meet Him and see for themselves.