First Impressions

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

(John 1:45-46 NIV)

First impressions are often misleading. When I first met my now best friend, Marlene, I thought she was conceited. But after getting to know her, I came to realize that she’s just shy and quiet. We’ve been friends for twenty years now! (By the way, she still laughs whenever she’s reminded of this story!)

When Philip told Nathanael about Jesus, Nathanael wasn’t very fond of meeting Him. “Nazareth!” he exclaimed. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Thankfully, Philip persuaded him to “come and see” and after his encounter with Jesus, Nathanael made one of the great confessions of faith, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel” (John 1:49).

Have you gotten to know the Saviour, or are you still stuck with your first impressions of Him? Get to know Him, so you too will discover that He is the Son of God, the King of Israel!

It takes more than one encounter to get to know someone.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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