Could You Love Me For Me?

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For the last few days the story of Nathanael meeting Jesus has been on my heart again. You can find this moment in John 1: 43-51. This has got to be one of my favorite accounts in Scripture. I find these verses to be packed full of love and hope.

Several years ago I wrote a post called From Fig Tree to Follower and I shared a little bit about how Jesus knows and loves each of us personally and intimately. When Jesus tells Nathanael that he saw Him sitting under the fig tree, something clicks inside of Nathanael. It was a pivotal moment for him.

The other part of this account I love happens when Philip comes to find Nathanael and they have this exchange:

“We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!”

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.

“Come and see,” Philip answered.

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

I love that, despite not having such a great reputation, this is where Jesus grew up.  I did a little research and discovered that “the Hebrew word netzer, from which Nazareth is derived, refers to the small twigs that are worthless…such was deemed an appropriate name for a small village of little use.”  Can you see why I love this question from Nathanael?  The whole reason Jesus showed up to earth was to bring redemption to us….and where does he start?  He picks the most “useless” place on the map to call home. It’s almost as if He is reassuring future generations that there is indeed hope for anyone/anywhere.  No matter what your reputation might have been, no matter what other people say about you…there is HOPE!  For me, this detail is Jesus quietly reminding us…I can redeem anything and anyone!

“Come and see,” Philip answered.

I love this response from Philip because this is what Jesus invites us all do when we have doubts and suspicions…just come and see for yourself.  You know, Nathanael could have said no. Nathanael could have just clung tightly to what he understood…that nothing good comes from Nazareth. He could have refused to set aside his questions and doubts and go with his friend to see for himself.

Again, there is such a great lesson in this story for us today.  As people in search of Truth, are we willing to step out into the unknown despite our questions and preconceived notions?  But, amazing things happen when we do. In Nathanael’s case, he met his Savior and his doubts were put to rest.

Sharing this old song by JJ Heller today.  I love the reminder God desires to pour his love and grace out on everyone. EVERYONE.

7 thoughts on “Could You Love Me For Me?

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    I’m glad Nathaniel’s words were not true. While he was convinced nothing good could come from Nazareth, Jesus was able to say, “Watch and learn.” What a terrific lesson to remember: sometimes our first impression is not the best impression. I’m glad he was willing to see.

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  2. Joy

    Such a wonderful message here, Eileen. I love that line too. Could anything good come out of Nazareth It cracks me up! Because YES. Something extraordinary can come out of a tiny little nothin’ town. Thanks for sharing this song by JJ Heller. I had never heard of it before, but now I love it and have been playing it on the piano.
    Blessings,
    Joy

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    1. Eileen Post author

      It cracks me up too. And, I love how God is constantly surprising us with and blowing us away with the answers to those kinds of questions. JJ Heller is great. Glad you liked it!

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