Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”
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Nathanael was, more than likely, a person of deep faith. Even people of deep faith - perhaps even especially - can be profoundly short-sighted. Nathanael had heard from Philip that this Jesus was the One for whom they had been waiting. Having heard that this One was from Nazareth, Nathanael was immediately skeptical. One fact of a town name that triggered Nathanael's prejudice clouded his ability to see. Jesus answers Nathanael's direct, specific question regarding a small detail about himself (Where did you get to know me?)with a direct, specific answer with a small detail(Under a fig tree). Nathanael responds affirmatively(You are the Son of God). Jesus verbally slaps him upside the head and basically says, "Open up your eyes! This is big. " It is so big that the Gospel of grace can include a short-sighted fellow sitting under a fig tree thinking it is all about himself and big enough that thousands of year and miles later that grace can include the likes of you and me.
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Forgive us, Lord, when we can't see clearly passed our own toes. Amen.