The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him ‘Follow me’.
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathaniel said to him ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him ‘Come and see.’ (John 1:43-46)
Philip has made the most amazing discovery: the long awaited Messiah foretold by the prophets is living just down the road, in the next town. Could there be any news more exciting, more mind boggling than this? And what is Nathaniel’s response to the news? With a dismissive shrug he replies, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Of course, when he actually meets Jesus for himself, face to face, he recognises how mistaken he was. He becomes a follower of Jesus, and one of his close circle of disciples.
Great blessings sometimes come to us in unexpected ways and through unlikely people. God’s way of doing things may not be ours. Once we open ourselves up to the surprising possibilities, he may have in store for us life becomes infinitely more exciting!