|Posted by bethlehemlutheran on January 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM|
During the time between Epiphany and Lent, we are looking at various ways that Jesus is made known to people and the attitudes that need to be overcome in the process. John presents an attitude easily recognized by us today –skepticism. As soon as Nathanael hears where Jesus is from, he is ready to write him off. Nazareth was a town of no special importance to the Jews. It was a garrison town full of pagan Roman soldiers, their gods and their ways. How could the Messiah come from there?
Today’s skeptical question often is “How do you know the things written about Jesus in the Bible are true?” My answer has to be the same as Philips: Come and see.