So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
You would think living in the digital age that we are that it would be easy to discern truth from lie, but it actually seems to make it harder. Everyone seems to have their own truth and we are left trying to figure out whose truth is the real truth or the full truth. Who really knows what is true anymore!? It gets very frustrating and exhausting not knowing who to trust or believe.
Jesus tells us that He is the truth (John 14:6) and then here He tells those who believe that they should listen to His teachings to find the truth. What that tells me is that if we really want truth then we need to look to Jesus – the life He lived and the things He taught. Jesus has revealed and given a lot to us. Not only through His teaching but also through His spirit – who guides us in truth.
So, even during these uncertain times we can know truth. The truth we have access to isn’t just a list of facts, but it is a person. It is a truth that we can live in and have a relationship with. The truth Jesus offers us is one that can change us and free us. Jesus even prayed to The Father asking that we would be set apart (sanctified) in truth. The truth of Jesus is powerful and life changing!
There is no need to live this life in fear and uncertainty. We can be set free from the power of sin and also from the lies the world keeps telling us. We can live free of all of it when we continue in the truth of Christ. I am praying for you, that you might come to know the freedom in the truth of Jesus Christ!
Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to 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.”
The first time Nathanael met Jesus, Jesus acted like He knew him. He described Nathanael as a good man, one in which there was no deceit. This was a surprise to Nathanael because the two had never met. That is what led to this exchange between them and when Nathanael learned that God was very aware of him, who he was, and what he was going through.
Sitting under a fig tree was probably not all that uncommon in those days. Don’t you like to sit in the shade too? But, the way Jesus said it leads us to believe that He was talking about a specific moment, one that was apparently deeply personal to Nathanael, and he picked up on that right away. This moment that Jesus referred to was a secret no one else knew about. Jesus didn’t put his private information on display, He just said enough to get Nathanael’s attention.
Nathanael immediately recognized this moment for what it was and recognized Jesus for who He was. He didn’t try to explain anything away or run and hide. He allowed himself to be seen by Jesus. Jesus then assured him that he would see even greater things. It is amazing to me that once we allow Jesus to see us, fully see us, and we accept that and Him, how our eyes can be opened to the good things God has for us.
I want you to know that God sees you today. He sees the “fig tree” you are sitting under. He knows what no one else does and isn’t judging you for it, but is ready to comfort and redeem you from it. Accept that reality, accept Him today, and look for the good God has for you.