|Theme:||Philip Invites Nathanael to meet Jesus. Epiphany 2 Yr. B|
|Scripture:||John 1:43-51 Key Verse: Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45 (NIV)|
When something good happens to you, it is the most natural thing in the world to want to tell others about it. It may be something like making a good grade on this week's spelling test at school. Or perhaps you made the winning goal in this week's soccer game. When something good happens to us, we can't wait to tell someone about it. Did something good happen to you this week that you would like to share with us? (Let the children share as time permits.) Isn't it great to tell others about good things that have happened to you? When you get a chance to tell someone about something good that happened to you, it’s almost like experiencing the good thing again.
In our Bible lesson today, Jesus went to Galilee where he met a man named Philip. When Jesus met Phillip, he said to him, "Follow me." What a thrill! Not only did Phillip meet Jesus, but Jesus asked him to follow him and become one of his disciples.
The very first thing that came to Philip's mind was to tell someone what had happened to him. He immediately went and found his friend Nathanael. He said to Nathanael,“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Nathanael replied to Philip, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
"Come and see for yourself," Philip answered.
As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of integrity.”
"How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”
Nathanael exclaimed, "You are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
Something good happened to Philip—he met Jesus. He shared it with his friend Nathanael and he met Jesus too.
Has Jesus brought happiness into your life? Share it with your friends!
Let us pray.
Father, we are thankful for the happiness that Jesus has brought into our life. May we share it with our friends so that they might also know the happiness that Jesus brings. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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