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The 12 Disciples Series (10 of 12)
Nathaniel – The Good Guy
INTRO: Nathaniel (also called “Bartholomew” -- means “Son of Tholmai” -- possibly from a group called the “Tholmaens” who gave much attention to the study of ancient Scriptures ... Nathaniel literally means, “Gift of God.” He was the one guy in the group that even before becoming a disciple of Jesus was known as a good, moral, honest, and a decent man. He was the good guy in the group, much like the hard working, good moral man of today who genuinely cares about others but has never become a Christian. Such people are often rare since most humans have a sneaky side to them.
ILLUS: The Baltimore Orioles of 1894-96 was the best baseball team up to that time, and also the craftiest. One of their favorite tricks was to plant a few extra balls in strategic spots in the tall outfield grass. Then any balls hit into that area where it looked like the other team might make an extra base were miraculously held to singles, they would simply pick up the planted ball near them and quickly throw it in. They finally got caught during one game when an opposing batter drove a ball to left-center field near one of the hidden balls. The left fielder picked up the hidden ball and threw it in, the center fielder however didn't notice his team mate had done this while he chased the real ball and thus he too threw in a ball. The umpire saw two balls come flying in to second base, called time and awarded the game to the other team, their deceit was exposed. – Source Unknown
Nathaniel would lever have played on such a team, he was a paradigm of virtue though he was not yet a follower of Jesus. Nate was an idealist, a man of high moral character and values, but he still needed Christ!
Even the nicest people need the Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus seeks out this good guy, for even the best of humanity is lost without Christ!
PROP. SENT: Nathaniel teaches us that even the fine ...
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