2011-10-31 - What Would Nathaniel Say?
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. (John 1:46)
Philip made it a point to come find me and tell me about discovering the Messiah called Jesus, son of Joseph of Nazareth. My first thought, I said out loud, focusing on Jesus' heritage and not the man. I knew it wasn't a nice or fair statement to make, but I couldn't take it back. I was actually surprised Jesus the Messiah was from Nazareth, as I had not heard many favorable things about the place; still that doesn't excuse my actions for saying something that was not too kind, very biased.
Before I ever spoke to this man Jesus, He claimed to know about me. He declared I was an honest man and a true son of Israel. If only He heard what I said about Him, I thought. I couldn't just accept the compliment. I had to press Jesus and find out how He knew so much about me. Jesus said He noticed me before Philip brought me over. Jesus told me this was only the beginning of the miracles I would encounter. There was never a truer statement.The Messiah approved of me, blunders and all.
Lord, Help me not to jump to conclusions, just as You don't prejudge me. In Jesus' name I pray,Amen.