Today you should read: John 1:35-51
FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!!
Wow… wow… WOW! This is great stuff!! The truths in this chapter are amazing. Look close…there’s more than meets the eye!
In verses 43-46, we see Philip basically tell Nathanael that they have found the Messiah, Jesus. Nathanael wonders and questions whether or not it could be true. Then we see something remarkable.
In verse 47-48 Jesus shows Nathanael that He is the Son of God! Wait a second…how? All Jesus says is, “when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” How does this lead to Nathanael’s next statement of, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” That’s weird.
Actually it’s not weird, it’s amazing. In the Old Testament, the vine and fig tree symbolize liberty and freedom. And here’s what Jesus is referring to:
1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it,
2 and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths. ”For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;
4 but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
5 For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
This is how Nathanael was convinced! He knew the Old Testament, he knew this passage that was about the Messiah, he knew that one-day the Messiah would come and everyone would “sit under His fig tree” meaning they would sit under the freedom of the Lord and be free from sin and punishment! So when Jesus said this, Nathanael knew exactly what He meant! Freedom has come! And it is through this man…this Messiah!
So, as weird as it sounds, let me ask you: are sitting under His fig tree? Are you free from sin, and punishment, and guilt, and shame? Then rejoice!! The Messiah has come and freedom is only found in His coming.
But for my specific application, I want to go back to Micah 4. It says that everyone will sit under His fig tree, and “no one shall make them afraid.”
If you are anything like me, fear can be crippling. It can be paralyzing. Fear of failure, of death, of consequences, of man, or of whatever it is, fear can infiltrate seasons of life and rob joy. This fear comes from Satan and our own lack of trust in a sovereign God. But it’s time to let it go.
This verse in Micah tells us that when the Messiah comes, we will sit under God’s freedom and no one shall make us afraid! Well, the Messiah has come, Hallelujah, and now we can experience liberty and freedom from fear! Don’t be afraid. God has freed you from ever being afraid, ever again, because He has united us to Himself through Christ. Because of this, He will never leave us or forsake us. And because He is with us, we shall not be afraid.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione