• Joshua D McVey

No Guile

So Jesus is introduced to a man name Nathaniel. Phillip asked Nathaniel to come and meet Jesus.

"We have found the one Moses and the prophets talked about." Phillip told Nathaniel. "He's Joseph's son from Nazareth."

"Nazareth? What good can come from Nazareth?"

"Just come see." Replied Phillip.

When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming he said, "There is true Israelite in whom there is no deceitful bone in his body." Or some translations say guile.

I often wonder if Jesus would say that about me, when he saw me approaching. Would he say that about you? Even though that may be true about Nathaniel, he still needed Jesus' sacrifice. An deceitful man still needs forgiveness, he still makes mistakes.

The great part is when Nathaniel asks, "How do you know me?"

"I saw you while you were sitting under the fig tree before Phillip called you."

Nathaniel then acknowledges Jesus as the Son of God.

Jesus says, "You think that was impressive? You haven't seen anything yet."

I feel this is a bit of a candid conversation between Jesus and His disciples. There is a light-hearted feeling filled with hope. The possibilities are endless, but the disciples had no idea of what was in store.

They were about to find out all the good that could come out of Nazareth.

Oh the wonders they were to see.

May you see the wonders in the little things everyday

May you have no guile

May you recognize the Son of God everyday.

In His service and yours,


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