February 5, 2013

John 1:43-45

John recounts the call of Nathanael to become one of the twelve disciples. As soon as Philip responded to the invitation of Jesus, he immediately found Nathanael. Apparently there was a close relationship between these two men. They are found next to each other in all of the New Testament lists. Unlike Peter and Andrew who were brothers, as were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Philip and Nathanael are linked together because of their close friendship.

Nathanael was a student of Scripture. When Philip found Nathanael, he said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and also the Prophets wrote . . .” The truth of Scripture mattered to Nathanael. Philip could have introduced Nathanael to Jesus as the one who could improve his life or bless his family. Instead, he presented Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. What the Bible says should matter to us today.