Philip, of Bethsaida, doesn’t hesitate when Jesus finds him, saying: “Follow Me.” (John 1:43, NIV) Philip even goes so far as to find Nathaniel. He says to Nathaniel, “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.” (John 1:45)
Nathaniel doubts anything good can come from Nazareth. He questions Jesus, yet quickly comes to recognize Jesus is “the Son of God; the King of Israel.” (John 1:49) While Nathaniel calls Jesus the Son of God, Philip calls Jesus “the son of Joseph.”
Later, as Jesus is preparing for His own suffering and death by crucifixion, He tells the disciples: “I Am the way and the truth and the life. If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:6-7)
Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” (John 14:8)
For three years, Philip follows Jesus of Nazareth on His many journeys, recognizing Him only partially. Jesus asks, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” (John 14:9)
Father God, help us not to just follow along, a shadow in the crowd of true believers. Help us to really know You; open our eyes and our hearts to Your Majesty. In Jesus’ Name, amen.