The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
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 and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Who is he? Why do we believe? Philip introduces Jesus as the son of Joseph and that introduction highlights the extent of Philip’s belief. Something was drawing on him to prompt him to get his brother and introduce him to Jesus. Nathanael responds to Jesus’ comment that he saw him under the fig tree before Philip called him with the declaration that Jesus is the Son of God. This statement is founded on the previous statement Jesus made about him. Jesus calls himself the Son of Man and declares they will see greater things than just his ability to see beyond the natural. And so the questions at the start need personalized answers from us; who is he and why do we believe?
This is just the beginning of the relationship that is to grow and blossom into a faith that cannot be shaken for the disciples. What of our relationship? Has it grown and blossomed into a faith that cannot be shaken no matter the circumstances we face? How do we face each day as it comes, how do we face the future? Is it with unshakeable faith that is grounded in a firm belief in who Jesus is and knowing with assurance why we believe?