Wednesday, September 28, 2011

John 1:47-51 John's High Christology

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
"Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him."
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree."
Nathanael answered him,
"Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
Jesus answered and said to him,
"Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this."
And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

In this passage we see John's High Christological style.  Jesus is able to see Nathananel not with his eyes but with some type of supernatural power. Here Jesus' connection to God is highlighted and here we see the image of ascending and descending an allusion to Jacob's ladder where the individual grows closer to God through their suffering and humility.

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