Saturday, December 27, 2008

Your Fig Tree?

Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. (John 1:48-50 KJV)

I have been intrigued by Nathanael and his fig tree.

There must have been great significance to Nathanael that Christ knew about the fig tree. As soon as He mentioned it, Nathanael acknowledged Him as the Son of God. Was it a simple acknowledgement of omniscience?

Does everyone have a fig tree? What would it take in each life to turn to Christ and say, “Thou art the Son of God.”

Early in Matthew demons acknowledge that He is: And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29 KJV)

Shipmates did so, too: Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (Matthew 14:33 KJV)

When asked directly, Simon Peter also acknowledged: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16 KJV)

And, Simon Peter also learned the source of this knowledge: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17 KJV)

Since I believe the Bible to be God’s word, I believe this promise and choose to do so now and forever: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11 KJV)

I have discovered my own fig tree. Tell me about yours.

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