The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Gathering Midtown – San Antonio TX
Observation: I notice that the rhythm of people introducing others to Jesus stops here (as seen earlier in John 1. Instead of someone bringing Philip to Jesus, Jesus is the one to find Philip. Why does John point out that Andrew and Peter are from the same hometown as Philip? Did Andrew and Peter miss out on the perception of Philip being a person of peace?
Action: Today I will perceive those “in my hometown” that I naturally share presence with. Instead of taking their relationship for granted, I will look for opportunities to be truly present and listen for the signs of peace.