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Nathanael: The Disciple Who Lost A Prejudice And Found The Savior (7 of 13)
12 Men Who Changed The World
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at John chapter 1 if you would. We are picking up this morning in a series of character studies that we began back in February on the 12 men that Jesus called and commissioned to come after Him and become His disciples. And of course, we're talking about the 12 disciples or the 12 apostles, and this morning we come to the sixth man that is found in the listing of the 12 -- a man by the name of Nathanael.
You're there in John chapter 1, let's begin reading in verse 45. "Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote; Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46 And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"48 Nathanael said to Him, "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."49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"50 Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."51 And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
ILLUS: One of the most famous sports bloopers ever took place in the 1930 Rose Bowl. You've probably seen a clip of it at one time or the other. Roy Reigle recovered a fumble. He was playing for the University of Southern California. This was his big moment. There was the ball. He picked it up and made a dazzling and an amazing run and scored a touchdown. There was only one problem. He ran the wrong way and He scored it for the wrong team.
Roy was sincere. He was as sincere as he could be, but he was sincerely wrong. Well, in John chapter 1 we have the story of a sincere man, but just like Roy Reigle, it's the story of a man who was sincerely wrong. Here was a man who the Bible shows us had a big prejudice, but who at the same time had no deceit. You see, he was confused, he was upset, his mind was distorted -- but he liked it that way. He was like a lot of people who live today. They're good people who have wrong ideas. They're sincere, but they're sincerely wrong. His name was Nathanael.
Now, as you read through the gospels, what you'll find is that Matthew, Mark and Luke call him "Bartholomew," while John calls him "Nathanael." Actually "Bartholomew" was his last name, and his first name was "Nathanael," so his full name was really "Nathanael Bartholomew." And since there's nothing given in Matthew, Mark ...
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