Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.” John 1:50-51 NLT
Our lives are fraught with challenges; earthly cares that rob our sleep and our peace. We pray for God to intervene. Sometimes He does and often, with quick and stunning results. He brings a single financial miracle, or a healing, or a breakthrough in a relationship. We are left to exclaim, “Wow, Lord! You can do that?”
This is the type of narrative between Nathaniel and Jesus. Nathaniel, earlier in the day, had spent some time alone under a fig tree. Yet when Jesus meets him, He tells Nathaniel that He saw him earlier – enjoying the shade of that tree. Nathaniel knew he had been entirely alone and yet, somehow, Jesus knew he was there and saw him supernaturally. He was left to also ponder, “This man can do this?” And yet, that was such a small thing in the bigger scope of Jesus’ power and glory. Jesus saw a man under a tree who thought he had been unseen but earlier in history, He created man out of dust. Nathaniel was amazed that Jesus saw what had been invisible to others but earlier in history, Jesus proved He was the Lord of infinity.
Jesus wants Nathaniel to know that if he is impressed by this earlier encounter under the tree, he hasn’t seen anything yet! This announcement of ‘going up and down the stairway of heaven’ is an admission of being the God-man who spans and connects two worlds. He is Lord of heaven and earth. When Jacob wrestled with the sovereignty of Yahweh, he saw this same ‘coming and going’ on a supernatural stairway.
What a God I serve. The things He has done that have left me speechless are miniscule in the larger scope of His power. The miracles, which to me have changed me forever, will pale in comparison to the things I will see Jesus do. Some things He will accomplish while I’m still alive, but most glorious things await me in the new kingdom. Won’t it be glorious to finally see the open heavens and for our spiritual eyesight to engage? If you know Jesus, we will share it together.
I really have no idea who powerful you are. Not yet. How could your Word possibly tell it all? Yet, You will personally show me. What a day, Jesus. Amen