When Jesus comes again, will you recognize Him?
When Jesus came more than two thousand years ago, people were expecting a king, a ruler, a political leader who would overthrow world powers and establish an earthly kingdom that would last forever.
Instead, He was born as a fragile infant in a manger. He was the Son of God, but He was also the son of a carpenter. He did not overthrow kings and rulers and political leaders by force. But, He did establish His Church and His kingdom that stands until today.
But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” — John 1:46
Nathanael, like any other Jew at the time of Jesus was also probably waiting for a Messiah who was a ruler and a political leader. He had preconceived notions of who the Messiah was supposed to be.
Today, the Gospel teaches us to let go of our preconceived notions of God and what it means to follow Jesus.
Many of us get discouraged when trials come just when we start following Jesus. We think that when we follow Jesus, our lives will be without trials or sufferings. That when we follow Jesus, our lives will be filled with worldly or secular rewards. After all, Jesus, whom we follow, was the son of a carpenter and suffered on the cross.
Like Jesus, Philip tells Nathanael to “come and see.” Jesus calls us to come follow Him first and He will show us who He truly is and what it means to follow Him.
When we follow Jesus, there will still be suffering. But, God can turn our suffering for our redemption and the redemption of many — like what God did for the sufferings of Jesus.
When we follow Jesus, we will see who God truly is, in all His glory and majesty, in eternity with Him.
When we follow Jesus, we will see how God loves us as a father loves his children.
When we follow Jesus, we will see the heavenly rewards He has prepared for us — for our perseverance and faith in this broken world.
When we follow Jesus, we will see how heaven and Earth belong to God, how He is still in control.
When we follow Jesus, we will see how God is present in our everyday lives.
“Come and see.”
Follow Jesus and you will see.