I’ve been in the studio writing and developing new songs for my upcoming project, and one of them is called “Nathanael’s Song.” I heard it in my head while leading worship in church a few months ago. It began as a kind of “African” language, then the English lyrics came along after that speak from God’s perspective of seeing us, and being with us, wherever we go, in whatever we’re doing. This reminded me of a man I’ve read about in New Testament scripture (in the book of John) named Nathanael who experienced an extraordinary revelation of Jesus as Messiah simply because Jesus said to him, “I saw you . . .” It’s a beautiful thing to get the revelation that God loves you so much that He chooses to be with you, participating in every aspect of your life. Nathanael was a skeptic, but he quickly became a believer when he realized the truth of God’s love for him.
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.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”