29 September 2007

John 1:47-51

"When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, 'Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!'" (v.47)


How easy life would be if we were all able to see a person and be able to say categorically 'in them there is nothing false'.

This story comes near the beginning of John's Gospel, and we are learning about the man Jesus, who it turns out as the story progresses, is the Son of God. Indeed, even in this first encounter, this is what Nathanael saw in Jesus.

Jesus sees in to the heart of each situation and person. We are known personally. We can also be like Christ; in 1 Peter 4:1 where we are told to "arm ourselves with the same attitude [as Christ]".

So what is the attitude, or mind, that Christ has? The mind of Christ is one which is "pure" (Hebrews 7:26), one which overcame temptation (Matthew 4:4) and one which is supported by prayer (Luke 6:12).

To Ponder

Is it really possible for us to have the same attitude as Christ?

If we did have the same attitude as Christ, how would we treat issues of oppression and injustice differently?

Bible notes author

Alison Parker

Alison Parker worked as the Equalities and Diversity Project Officer for the Methodist Church. She worked to bring together a theology of equalities and diversity, an equal opportunities policy for the Methodist Church, and a resource for local churches to use to support us as we celebrate diversity and seek equality.