John 1:43-47 (NLT)
“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses* and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
Discovery produces excitement. Excitement is contagious! I get to see this happen in my growing boys (8, 11 and 13) all the time – they discover something new in sports, or music or school or Sunday school or … and they get excited! We’ve gone from Barney to Bob the Builder to Rescue Heroes to Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon to Bionicles, and each new discovery has produced excitement. And the excitement has brought about relationships as they have connected with others sharing these discoveries.
Earlier this year our youngest discovered card tricks and became pretty good at it. For a time you could hardly get him to do anything else – he had cards with him all the time. When he left the house, he had cards. He woke up doing card tricks and went to bed doing card tricks. If you couldn’t find him, he was probably in his room working on a new card trick! If you came to our house you would probably be met at the door with a card trick!
Here in John 1 you see this excitement of discovery in Philip – he discovers the Messiah and he can’t, he won’t, hold it in or keep it to himself. Philip tells Nathanael, who is a skeptic, to come and meet Jesus. How does Jesus respond to the skeptic? He addresses his fears and reveals himself to Nathanael. In his perfect love he gives Nathanael exactly what he needs to hear and see! And the excitement and discovery of Philip spreads to Nathanael!
May there be much discovery in our hearts this Easter season as we look up to our Heavenly Father and admire the risen Christ. And may this discovery lead to a contagious excitement.
Lord, continue to lead my heart into encounters and discoveries with you that make my faith contagious!
Dialog discuss: While in Thailand, the Muslims we worked with on one of the southern islands were sick of the Western “help” they received. They said after the tsunami, “western Christians came to give us things without asking what we needed, and then they took pictures with their banners and left.” Their conclusion, “The Christians used us.” Dave Gibbons, Pastor, New Song Church in Irvine, California