Called by the Seeker Saviour


If Jesus has found you, there is an eternal reason why. He is the seeker and saviour. He wants to tell you, “I made you, I planned in advance to meet you, and I will fully equip you to use you for the glory of God.” So come and see for yourself…

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
John 1:43-51

Finding Philip… Was Jesus looking for him? Nothing the Saviour does is by chance. If Jesus finds you, it is because he was looking for you. And by the way, Jesus told us that he came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).

Seeker and Saviour. That’s Jesus.

He knew that he would call the 12 whom he called. The day before this, he called Andrew and another follower of John the Baptist. They asked where Jesus was staying. His “Come and see…” answer was the calling into a new life for them. Once you come and see Jesus and the life he offers, there is no turning back.

“Follow me,” was the invitation to Philip, and shortly thereafter, Philip has to find Nathanael to exclaim that they had found the One. Nathanael was skeptical. Philip’s answer? “Come and see…”

Jesus had been looking for Nathanael also. He knew where he was and all about him. Nathanael’s question, “How do you know me?” was answered technically by Jesus. “I saw you.” The full answer is, “I made you, I planned in advance to meet you, and I will fully equip you to use you for the glory of God.”

Do you think it is accidental that Jesus called you? Maybe you are on the edges of all this and someone told you, “Come and see.” Come. See. Believe. Jesus is seeking you. He wants to save you. And if Jesus has found you, there is an eternal reason why…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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