Model Questions, Part 1: “How Do You Know Me?”

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The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 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.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered 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, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and fthe angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Do you know someone who just “gets” you? Someone who is on the same wavelength with you? Or has the same “spirit animal” as you?  There’s something wonderful, and terrifying about being known and being seen. Look at Nathanael in these verses, he asks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” He already makes a character assessment  based on his own ideas of Jesus’ origin.  Ironically, when Jesus sees Nathanael, he gives his own character assessment: Nathanael is a true Israelite with no deceit. Ever gossiped about someone who is polite and kind to you in return?

Everyone makes some kind of assessment about Jesus before they know him. We jump to conclusions about him and expect to see things before we even arrive there, based on what we learned as children or what someone said or what the news said.

But before we are even capable of having any preconceptions about Jesus, he knows us. Reading this, I’m reminded of God’s calling out Adam and Eve from hiding among the trees of the Garden. They hid, but God pursued, asking the question, “Why are you hiding?” though he certainly knew the reason.  Jesus says, “I saw you when you were chilling under the fig tree.” There’s something special about Jesus’ “I saw you.” It’s not like a Santa Claus, “He sees you when you’re sleeping” kind of thing. It’s more like, “You’ve been ignorant of my presence, but now I’m drawing near.”  It’s not even like meeting someone for the first time that you follow on Instagram: “Hey, we’ve never met, but I follow you on Instagram, so I know how many times your kids pooped today and what you had for lunch and which coffee shop you frequent.” No, Nathanael didn’t volunteer the information that Jesus knew or post it online, but Jesus was well acquainted with Nathanael from before time began.

To ask “How do you know me?” is a question from the first breath of faith, one that seeks to be known by our Creator and wants Him to draw near to us. Ask Jesus, “How do you know me?” and you might be surprised.


Written by keywoodblog

August 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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