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Greater things have yet to come…

20 Jul

Greetings fellow prayerjourneypeeps,

We are continuing our series through the Gospel of John, passage by passage and trying to express one of the main points in a written prayer.

Today’s section from John is the last part of chapter 1 entitled; Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael.

So, without further ado here is the passage;

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 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.” 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.” John 1:44-51 ESV

As always, much could be said.

But, I want to focus in on the end of this narrative.

The basic outline is that Nathanael knows that Jesus is the son of God because he prophecies over him about him sitting under a tree. I love the ever so slightly sarcastic tone to Jesus’ response, “Pah, that’s nothing your going to see much more than that!” (blogblunders paraphrase Bible).

There are links here to the story of Jacob back in Genesis 28:10-22, where Jacob has a vision about the angels of God ascending and descending to earth. Jacob wakes from his vision and declares that surely God is this place and yet he did not know it.

The vision itself points to the tabernacle/temple, where God would dwell with his people. John is making the link (as he does through the whole of his Gospel) that Jesus is God dwelling with his people. Jesus has come to make permanent the links between God and man (1 Tim.2:3-5).

But, not only this, but all the disciples (the you, in “You will see greater things…” is plural) will witness much more than Jacob witnessed. In fact they get the next instalment at a wedding in Chapter 2, but much more on that next week…

All this led me to this verse, which is from John 14:12

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

As Jesus goes to the Father, he leaves us the Holy Spirit, along with a promise that we will do even greater things than the works of Jesus.

We WILL do greater things!

Then verse 13 of John 14 says this;

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

The greater things will happen when we ask for them, so that they might bring Glory to God.

So, when was the last time any of us asked for the greater things? How much would/do we pursue God and him alone to see Him glorified?

How will we pray in the greater things?

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts,

Grace and Peace,

Steve

Prayer;

Amlighty God and Father,

We worship you! We give you praise and thanks!

We want to see the greater things promised by your Son

We want to be part of the greater things promised by your Son

We want those we meet to be part of the greater things promised by your Son.

Lord God of Heaven, teach us to pray!

Teach us to pray Your Kingdom come and Your will be done

May we bring glory to you and your name,

As we pray in the greater things!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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