Blind Eyes, Opened Minds: John 1:43-51’s Jaw-Dropping Divine Encounters
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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
It is a true blessing to gather in the presence of the Lord today. I want to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you. Our time together is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith, deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ, and strengthen our commitment to becoming His disciples.
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Let us bow our heads in prayer. Heavenly Father, we come before you today with hearts full of gratitude for your love and grace. We thank you for the privilege of gathering as a community of believers, seeking your wisdom and guidance. Lord, be with us during this time, open our hearts and minds to your word, and empower us to walk in your ways. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Introduction to Scripture
Today, we turn to the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 43-51. In this passage, we witness the early stages of Jesus’ ministry on Earth. After calling Philip to follow Him, Jesus encounters Nathanael, who initially doubted whether anything good could come from Nazareth. Yet, as we will see, Jesus reveals His divine knowledge and Nathanael’s heart is forever changed. Let us now read these verses.
John 1:43-51 (NIV)
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
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