“As they approached, Jesus said, ‘Now here is a genuine son of Israel – a man of complete integrity.’ ‘How do you know about me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, ‘I could see you under the fig tree…’” (John 1: 47, 48)
In the first chapter of his Gospel, the Apostle John records Jesus choosing men who will become His apostles. When He meets Nathanael Jesus exclaims, “Now here is a genuine Jew – a man of complete integrity!” Nathanael is shocked and responds, “How do you know me?”
Nathanael apparently had his devotions under a fig tree. We might even assume that he enjoyed supernatural relationship with God under that fig tree, but nobody knew about this except Nathanael. In so many words, Jesus was saying that He was the One Nathanael was communicating with under that fig tree. This accounts for the enthusiastic response of Nathanael to these words of Jesus. If you read his response in the verses that follow you will see that these words of Jesus completely convinced Nathanael that Jesus was the Son of God!
A personal, devotional, and practical application I want to make to this interview is what I like to call “The Fellowship of the Fig Tree.” Be challenged by these questions: Do you have a place where you regularly meet with God? Have you ever experienced the divine presence of Almighty God? I challenge you to have a time and place where you regularly meet with God.
Establish this discipline in two ways: meet with Him in prayer and in His holy Word. When you pray you talk to God; when you open God’s Word you should expect God to speak to you. Are you willing to do that?