47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. KJV
EVERYONE has a secret life! Some are good others are not so good. There’s a great deal of talk about people’s secret lives. From celebrities to politicians – juicy gossip sells and the media loves to pounce! It has been said that Reputation is what you are when people are watching, while Character has to do with your secret life. What are we when no one’s watching? What decisions are we making when we feel no accountablilty? Let’s look at Jesus’ encounter with a man named Nathanael.
John chapter 1 is a chapter of “BEHOLD’S”.
(1) “…Behold the Lamb of God…” vs 29
(2) “…Behold an Israelite indeed whom is no guile!” (a man of God!) vs 47
1. “I SAW THEE”
The Lamb of God sees everything. Unlike the mythical Santa, Jesus actually does know when we are sleeping, awake, naughty, and nice! He tells Nathanael that He saw him under the fig tree. We can be one thing in public and another in private. We all know that, but I truly believe that the Lord is more concerned with what we are in private. You may be saying, “why would that be more important than how we represent Him in public?” Because whatever we are in private will be what eventually surfaces in public. No one has the capacity to pretend forever! Adam and Eve attempted to hide after their sin and we see how far that got them!
2. “NO GUILE”
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. KJV
Nathanael was seen “under the fig tree.” Could that have been his closet of prayer? His solitude with the Father? Whatever he was doing or more importantly being it caught the attention of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Is Jesus proud today of our secret lives? He sees us! He knows us! What will be His estimation of our lives when we finally approach Him?
Let me hear from you in the comments!