The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
When Jesus calls Philip and Philip calls Nathanael, Jesus shows that he already knows Nathanael. Nathanael is rightly puzzled, because he does not find a way that Jesus would know him.
A very brief question is in order for today. Is there something that we expect Jesus would not know of us? If in fact Jesus is the one John introduced, the creator and sustainer of all, we should expect that he knows everything. Why then does he ask us questions? Why would he communicate with us?
Nathanael’s reaction to Jesus gives a good deal of insight into the situation. Jesus comes to his people as the final revelation of God the Father (Hebrews 1). He interrogates us, in this age, through the Scripture and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to urge us to recognize him for who he is. Nathanael proclaims that Jesus must be the Messiah. This is absolutely true.
As we go about our lives day by day, may we also realize that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the one who is anointed by God to rescue us from sin and every evil. That’s the very same Jesus who was talking with Nathanael.
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