January 17

John 1:47-51

“Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’” vs. 50

From the tone of the text in John’s gospel, we get the impression that Jesus nearly laughed when Nathaniel called him the Son of God and the King of Israel. Granted, Nathaniel had been blown away when Jesus did his David Copperfield imitation, but Jesus tells him greater things are still to come. Evidently Nathaniel was so hungry for a hint of the Divine Presence that what could be called a magician’s trick was enough to convince him. We’re not immune to that kind of thinking! In fact we welcome the little “miracles” of life and embrace them as signs that God is real. What others might call a coincidence or a stroke of good fortune we receive as acts of God and answers to prayer. And who’s to say that we are wrong? We will always believe what we want to believe, and no one is likely to convince us otherwise. For a lot of people all of those “coincidences” strung together over the course of a lifetime build an unshakeable faith and cement our allegiance to Jesus as Lord. And what Jesus tells us is that all those little things are as nothing when compared to the ultimate revelation that will one day be ours. And if we’re skeptics? We’re not to worry–someday there will be no doubts!

Thought for the Day: What convinces me of God’s reality?

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