March 4, 2012: John 1:43-51, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · February 26, 2012
At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Beth-sa’ida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.”
And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
1. What does Jesus say to Philip when He finds him? He says the same to us!
2. What does Philip tell Nathanael about Jesus?
3. How does Philip answer when Nathanael isn’t so sure that Someone so good could come from Nazareth?
4. What happens that makes Nathanael say that Jesus is the Son of God and the King of Israel?
5. What glorious promise does Jesus make to Nathanael?
6. What about you? Do you tell your friends about Jesus? Like Philip, do you invite them to “come and see”?