December 1, 2021 — It’s Merely Prologue

“I was reading in John’s gospel earlier this morning,” Stan commented, “and I was reminded of a taxi ride I took when I first became a Christian, a ride that had a big impact on my faith walk.”

“You were reminded of a taxi ride by John’s gospel?” I replied. “What was that all about?”

“It had to do with the story of two men, Phillip and Nathanael,” Stan said. “Philip told Nathanael that he had found Jesus and he told Nathanael to come and see Jesus for himself.”

“Yeah,” I replied. “We talked about that the other day. [Note to reader: See the posting for November 29, 2021, “Who do You Want to Come and See?”]

“That’s right,” Stan said. “And when Nathanael was talking with Jesus, he came to believe because Jesus told him that He had seen him sitting under a fig tree before Philip told him about Jesus.”

“He came to believe just on the basis of that?” I asked.

“That’s what it says,” Stan replied, “and Jesus had something to say to Nathanael about that, something similar to what a taxi driver once told me.”

“John’s gospel, Philip, Nathanael, a taxi driver, and your faith walk?” I said. “How does this all tie together?”

“I was a new Christian,” Stan replied. “I was on a business trip. I got into a taxi where the driver had taped a piece of paper on the sun visor that said, ‘The past is prologue’.”

Continuing, he added, “I asked him about that and the driver said, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet!’”

“Oh,” I replied, “like in what has gone before is nothing compared to what’s coming.”

“That’s it,” Stan said. “Although the taxi guy and I didn’t talk anything about spiritual matters, I just couldn’t get that thought out of his mind. What was it that God had for me to see that  I hadn’t already seen?”

“That’s probably a good question for all of us,” I ventured.

“More than ‘probably’, my friend,” Stan replied. “And, getting back to John’s gospel, it seems to me that Jesus was saying to Nathanael the same thing as the taxi driver.”

“How so?” I asked.

“When Nathanael told Jesus that he believed in Jesus because Jesus had told him that He had seen him before Philip got to him, Jesus said, ‘You shall see greater things than these.’”

“Greater things than these,” I repeated. “Seek to see what God has for me to see. Is that it?”

“That’s it, my friend,” Stan replied. “Don’t be content with what you have already seen, but seek to see, as well as to hear, all that God has for you as long as you are on this side of eternity.”

Concluding, he said, “I won’t know what there is to see and to hear unless I take the time to know that the past is merely prologue to what God has for me.”

“This,” I replied, “sounds kind of like what you talk about when you say that eternal life is about knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son.”

“When I say that,” Stan responded, “I’m merely quoting Jesus!”

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Bible verses to consider:

Nathanael said to Him (Jesus), “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” John 1:48-50.

And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for all you have for me to see and to hear from and about you. I confess that too often I do not make the effort to know you and Jesus as well as you have available for me. Please help me in following every step of your lead into the deepest and closest relationship with you that is humanly possible so I will truly see and hear all you have for me. Not only see and hear, but respond as you want. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Do you know God for eternal purposes in the sense that you know you will spend eternity with Him when it’s time? If no, is that because you have not accepted His free and gracious gift of salvation and redemption through the finished work of the Cross? Don’t wait! If you do have the assurance of salvation, are you pursuing an ever-deepening personal relationship with Him? If no, why? If you sense a calling to go deeper in your relationship with God so that what has gone before is merely prologue, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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