This is an exciting post. Considering the spiritual struggle going inside of me today, this is just wonderful news. I won’t dilly-dally, I’d like to get right to the point:
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 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.”
Nathanael declared Christ to be the son of God simply because Christ gave a simple supernatural statement in verse 48 (He saw Nathanael, though he wasn’t physically present to do so). Look at verse 50 though:
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.”
How easy it is to get spiritual amnesia, focusing so much on our small problems (compared to our huge God), not realizing that not only does God answer the prayers in our individual puzzle piece needs, but He also is the grand designer of the puzzle!
Basically, Christ was telling Nathanael, “You haven’t seen anything yet!” You think it was amazing, Nathanael, that Christ saw you under a fig tree? Have you yet contemplated that He will also save you from your sins?
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.”
In a visual reminder of the story of Jacob in Genesis 28, Christ reveals that He isn’t just a need-meeter, He isn’t just a “Dr. Feel-good,” He isn’t just a supernatural physician. He CAN be those things, but to relegate Christ to a divine bellhop is to rob ourselves of the opportunity to see who HE really is!
He is King, He is Lord, He is Sovereign! He will be a greater way to access God the Father than the ladder in which the angels traversed in Jacob’s dream. He, being the only possible solution, BECAME the only possible solution to our condition of sin. The miracle which has granted us access to God the Father and the ability to be righteous through Him far outweighs any of our present circumstances, troubles and blessings included!
So whether or not we are troubled, or whether we are blessed – we all have something greater to thank Him for than the circumstances surrounding our own loves. Where would we be without Him?