Have you ever, when reading a book, snuck a peek at the end of the book to see how it ends? Apparently, there are people who do. It’s like Billy Crystal’s character says in the movie When Harry Met Sally—”When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case something happens to me before I finish, at least I know how it ends.”
What would you say if I told you that, when reading the Gospel of John, if you read the last page first (or at least the last pages), you’ll find it saying something very similar to what it says at the very beginning? It’s true—John’s Gospel begins and ends by saying—”Just Wait!”.
This week’s Gospel finds Jesus walking along on one of His many journeys, into the region of Galilee. As He makes His way, He comes across a fella named Philip whom He calls to follow Him. Evidently Philip was impressed by Jesus because he ran off to find his good friend Nathanael (who was also known as Bartholomew), and brought him to Jesus.
We know how that turned out, as John tells us that: 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.” Nathanael responded, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” To which Philip responded, “Come and see.”(John 1:46)
And—Nathanael did go off with Philip to see, and he was not at all disappointed he had done so. In our world today we so often wonder what God has in store for us next. Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast delivers a sermon of hope entitled “Just Wait Until You See What’s Next”.
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