What Jesus Did! 'The Window into Heaven' — John 1:50-51

Monday, January 29, 2018

Jesus asked [Nathanael], "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
Illustration of John 1:50-51 NLT — "Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this."

Key Thought

Jesus will fulfill and surpass many metaphors, images, and rituals from Israel's rich history. John will show us how Jesus is the great "I Am." Jesus fulfills the meaning of many of the great Jewish feasts. He is "the stairway between heaven and earth," "the bread of life," "the true vine," "the water of life" — each image rich in emotion and meaning from Israel's past. Jesus is challenging Nathaniel to look beyond Jesus' power to know what was in his heart. Jesus wants to lead Nathaniel to see greater things. He wants Nathaniel to know that when he is around Jesus, he is looking through the window into heaven.

Today's Prayer

Father, please help me see you, know you, and love you completely as Jesus teaches me more about you. In your Son's name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 28:12-17
  • John 1:14-15, 18
  • John 2:19-22

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.