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.