Teaching the Gospels – The First Days of Ministry 2
On the next day, Jesus gathers Philip of Bethsaida and Nathanael of Cana. In another “too true not to be true” story, a good kid from Cana can’t believe that anything special could come from Nazareth, the town just up the hill. Unlike the Galilean skeptics later in the story, Nathanael’s doubts are quickly allayed by a seemingly innocuous statement from Jesus. Something about that fig tree struck a major chord in Nathanael. That is one of those “when I get there” questions. Whatever it was, it seems to have surprised Jesus into one of those incarnational statements that point to some underlying awareness of deity.
Jesus’ joke about an Israelite with no Jacob left in him leads him to muse aloud on Jacob’s dream at Bethel. Jacob’s ladder — connecting heaven and earth, with God’s servants moving up and down between them. God was with Jacob — and would be, wherever he went. Beth-El, house of God — where God lives — where God tabernacles — the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. Sound familiar? Jesus the brilliant rabbi simultaneously undermines the Temple as the center of worship and makes an amazing promise to Nathanael.
“What would it look like it with God running this show?” A great question, and one at the heart of Jesus’ promise to Nathanael. “Follow me, and you’ll see what it is like when heaven and earth are connected like they were always meant to be.” And that is why we are going to Wilkerson. A believer saw a broken place, asked, “What would this place look like if God was running the show?” and called his community of faith to work with God to rescue it.
in HIS love,