What does the Lord see in you?
Did you ever wonder why, in John 1:46-47, after Philip told Nathanael that they have found Jesus the Messiah of whom Moses and the Prophets had spoken of, Nathanael replied, “Nazareth! can anything good come from there?” When Jesus saw Nathanael approachimg, He said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”
“But Lord, wait a minute, he just spoke falsely!” would be our reaction if we were there — and even today! Jesus, as our Lord and Savior, looked beyond Nathanael’s guile of the flesh, and to the finished work He would do in his life, and all believers lives.
In the flesh we have the same tendencies to sin as Nathanael. We see sin and failure in our lives and it’s troublesome to us, but we should do as Paul did — look to the One who has won the battle over sin (Romans 8:1-2).
Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Even though Nathanael slandered the Lord, he was the Lord’s choice. He takes us as we are. Some say you must clean up your act before you can go to Him, but Jesus takes us as we are when we come to Him in repentance for sin. He cleans up our act as He did with Nathanael. Remember, some would die for their friend, not their enemies, but, while we were His enemies, He died for us. (Romans 5: 6-10)
The sinner is in a life threatening situation outside of knowing the Lord Jesus. Two deaths await the sinner: one of the flesh and one of the soul. Eternal separation from God. Those who don’t know Him can call upon Jesus to save them. He will forgive ALL your sins (past, present, and future), and He will clean up your act like He does for all believers. The Biblical story of the washing of feet (John 13: 1-17) is but one example of His work in our new lives in Him. He will give you the Gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom comes Abundant Life. All who call upon the Lord Jesus shall be saved.
Blessings to all who read,