[NATHANAEL: AN HONEST MAN] John 1.43-51                                   06.16.2019

Father’s Day |Ordinary People. Extraordinary Calling| CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook

TEXT John 1.43-51 ESV 43 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!” 50 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.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

  • A MAN CULTIVATES HONEST CHARACTER. “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

“The English word characteris from a Latin root that means ‘engraved.’ A life, like a block of granite carved upon with care or hacked at with reckless disregard, will, at the end, be either a masterpiece or marred rubble.” – Mark Rutland

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but rather what he becomes by it.” – American Way

  • A MAN ASKES HONEST QUESTIONS. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” “How do you know me?”
    • “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
    • “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
    • “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
    • “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
    • “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
  • A MAN MAKES AN HONEST CONFESSION.“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
    • Simon Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16.16
    • Thomas: “My Lord and my God!” John 20.28
    • Martha: “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11.27

Philippians 2.10-11 ESV10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Romans 10.9-10 ESVbecause, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.