28th January 2015
Jesus was an unlikely Messiah, with his background.
That’s the whole point.
Nathanael equally seemed an unlikely disciple, with his prejudice and his preconceptions.
Yet, God uses unlikely people in the service of the kingdom, now as ever, whether it’s a boy Samuel, a shepherd David, a reluctant Moses, a runaway Jonah… or us.
God knows us, with our weaknesses as well as our strengths, sees our potential and calls us, either directly or through friends like Philip who wouldn’t take no for an answer?
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
24th January 2015
So Philip says to Nathaniel, ‘We have found him about whom Moses and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’
Nathanael answers Philip's exitement.said, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
I wonder, had Nathanael been sitting under the fig tree in contemplative mood, before Philip hit him with the amazing news about the Messiah?
Contemplating his peaceful existence and knowledge of God as he shaded himself under a fig tree, ‘All’s right with the world” ; or Nathanael, far from being content with the way things were, resented the lack of peace and security under the brutal Roman occupation and dreamed of a new order and the time of the Messiah.
Where are you sitting? Are you content or restless ?
The Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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