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John 1: 43-51

Jesus Invites Nathanael

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John 1: 43-51
Jesus Invites Nathanael

By Dell Smith Klein

Katie’s mother is a writer. She often invites friends and neighbors to follow her on the internet so they will know when a new book comes out. Also, she puts up posters to let her followers know when she will be visiting a library or book store. Many people are interested in her books and begin to follow her.

Jesus called many to follow him, too. But one story was so interesting that I wanted to share it with you. Jesus had already called Andrew and Simon. Also, he called Philip to follow him. Philip wanted others to know about Jesus, so when he talked to a man named Nathanael, Philip told him about Jesus. But, when Philip mentioned Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up, Nathanael said, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (vs. 45) He didn’t say anything kind about Nazareth. But Philip wasn’t upset. He sincerely wanted Nathanael to follow Jesus so he invited him, “Come and see.” (vs. 46)

Jesus looked up and he saw Nathanael coming toward him. He said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (vs. 47) Interesting words! He was saying that Nathanael wasn’t a dishonest person. Nathanael was still not convinced about Jesus. Nathanael asked, “How do you know me?” (Paraphrase of vs. 48) Jesus explained that even before Philip had spoken to Nathanael, he had seen him under the fig tree.

Jesus’ words must have surprised Nathanael because Jesus’ words changed Nathanael’s mind. Nathanael called out, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! (vs. 49) That very day, Nathanael became a follower of Jesus.

Over time, Jesus called other people to follow him. The disciples followed Jesus, and many of the people in his country. Like Katie’s mother, who calls people to follow her writing, Jesus continues to call people. Are you a follower of Jesus? (Allow the children to respond.) We learn about Jesus right here in church and learn to follow him by reading the Holy Bible and by praying. I want to be his follower, too, don’t you?


Lord Jesus, we are thankful that you invited your disciples to follow you. We’re thankful that others came to know you, too. Today, we know that you have called us and we want to follow you. Amen.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan