St Bartholomew, Apostle : Tuesday, 24th August 2021

Daily Word Of God

John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’ ‘From Nazareth?’ said Nathanael, ‘Can anything good come from that place?’ ‘Come and see’ replied Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite  who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’

Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added, ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Though Nathanael highly doubted that anything good could come from Nazareth, he still went to see Jesus. This shows that he had hope in Jesus and a yearning to see Him.


  • Indeed, when Nathanael saw Jesus, he readily believed in what Jesus said.  Once again, we see his openness and great trust in God.


  • If we all have the same gift of faith, trust, openness and yearning for Jesus that Nathanael had, we would certainly also experience God to be more meaningful and personal.