“Come and see,” said Philip to Nathaniel. Check it out. Kick the tires for yourself. Don’t take my word for it. Just because I think this Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph, is the Messiah promised by Moses and the prophets, don’t make it so. “Come and see.” So, Nathaniel went and saw.
Hovering over the last section of John 1 this morning. Talk about your encounter of the divine kind. Nathaniel the skeptic (“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”) meets Jesus the Seer.
Jesus sees Nathaniel coming toward Him and calls out, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in who there is no deceit!” “What?” thinks Nathaniel, “have we met?” And so he says to Jesus, “How do you know me?” And Jesus says — and I’m imagining in only the way Jesus could say it, and with the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit set to high — Jesus says, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
Jesus the Seer saw him. Knew him. Looked deep into his heart and perceived all that could be perceived. The good, the bad, the ugly. And then the Seer says, “Come and see.”
And Nathaniel sees Jesus. Really sees Jesus.
Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
(John 1:49 ESV)
And Jesus says back, in effect, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
(John 1:50-51 ESV)
Nathaniel, through the eyes of faith, saw Jesus as the Son of God. That’s pretty wild! Somehow (more like, by “some Who”) He recognized this non-descript Teacher from a no-name town as the King of Israel. Who would of thought! But Jesus says, you ain’t seen nothing yet . . . I’m also a Ladder. Wait until you see that!
Son of God. What more claim to fame could anyone have? King of Israel. Sounds like top of the food chain to me. But, Jesus’ says, know Me as the Ladder, too. The Staircase that joins heaven and earth. The Mediator between the divine and the defiled. The Christ who bridges the great chasm. The Way for the lost to be found. This is the “greater things than these” that Jesus, who saw Nathaniel, told Nathaniel he would see.
And I’m thinking I would do well this morning to see it too. To pause and perceive afresh. To put aside for a few moments all the cares that await this day and focus anew. To see again “greater things” in the One upon whom angels ascend and descend from a heaven opened up.
What a great access is ours. What a great salvation to ponder again, as if for the first time.
Let us see and then, let us worship the Ladder! Hallelujah, what a Savior!
And you know, we really ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Come and see.
Because of grace. For His glory.