Nathaniel asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathaniel replied to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus told him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that.” 51 Then he told him, “Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, you will see heaven standing open and the angels of God going up and coming down to the Son of Man.”
Whenever I read this scripture I get excited about the depth on how much the Lord knows about every single one of us. When Nathaniel asked Jesus “How do you know me?” and Jesus replied “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you,” wow! When you think about just this statement, Jesus knows us before we are found to Him. What an amazing thought to have when starting in with this short lesson. A honest and humble person will not be bothered by Jesus having this much knowledge about them, however, a wicked person would be frightened. With Jesus, you cannot pretend to be something that you are not because He sees right through your front and the walls you attempt to put up for others around you. Many times we do this to protect ourselves from others that have hurt us in the past. Jesus knows the real you though and wants each of us to follow Him. Even though we are all sinners and don’t deserve His love, Jesus loves us anyways because He knows we need Him in our lives. Sometimes He sends a messenger like Phillip and other times He sends the Holy Spirit to guide us. We just have to have the open hearts to receive His message.
On verse 51, Jesus states that He sees the truth and sees the ladder between Heaven and earth. This reminded me of Genesis 28:10-12.
Meanwhile, Jacob had left Beer-sheba and was on his way to Haran.11 He reached a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun was setting. He found a stone there, used it for a pillow, and slept there for the night, 12 when he had a dream! He saw a raised highway that had been built with its ending point on earth and its beginning point in heaven. God’s angels were ascending and descending on it.
Jacob had this dream that Jesus was talking about in John chapter 1. Jesus is the medium between both Heaven and earth because He is God manifested in the flesh. He shows us that He is the ambassador of God to men. Nothing can clarify this statement better than the scripture below.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Throughout Jesus ministry, angels assisted Him in His work. After Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, it was the angels that took care of Him. The Son of Man was letting Nathaniel know that there was more to see in His ministry than just the miracles people saw Him perform, but there was much more to come.
This message helped His followers then as it is still relevant for us now. We must all hold on to the promises to be fulfilled by Jesus in our lives. He knows us all by name and character and still loves us all. This lesson should be learn and held on dearly. When Nathaniel called out to Jesus as the Messiah and Jesus was like… there is much more in store. He was telling this to all of us. Just because you see one miracle within ourselves or the ones we love does not mean that is it. As we open our hearts to the Lord and strive to emulate Him and be His ambassadors of love, we will be able to see a little bit more each day on how God has worked in your life. There has been many situations i my past where I thought God was not taking care of me or even did care what was happening to me. Then many years down the line I could realize with maturity that it was for the best and it all forged me to become the man I am today.
So please hold on to His word and remember you are never forgotten. Please have a blessed day!