Follow the Leader

GUWG-Fig-Tree-2013We kicked off the new year with this resolution:


We’re scrutinizing every syllable uttered by Jesus in the Gospels. Today we continue our look at Jesus’ first words to his first followers.

Let’s pick up the story after Jesus’ encounters with Andy and Pete that we discussed here yesterday:

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

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.

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 

What answers do we get in this scene to our 2 BIG Questions?

  1. Who exactly is Jesus? Phil tells Nate that Jesus is the one written about by Moses and the Prophets in the Old Testament. When Jesus blows Nate’s mind by describing whatever he was doing under the fig tree, he responds by calling him Rabbi (aka Teacher), Son of God and King of Israel. Spoiler alert: He’s right.
  2. What exactly should we do? Again, Jesus keeps it simple: “Follow me,” he says.

Are you reeeeeally following Jesus?

Or are you following something — or someone — else?

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