John 1:47-51Amplified Bible
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!” 48 Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know [these things about] me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered, “Rabbi (Teacher), You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus replied, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe [in Me]? You will see greater things than this.”
There’s several interpretations of what Christ means by “under the fig tree”. I happen to lean more towards the literal view that Nathaniel was actually under a fig tree. But what was he doing? Praying, meditating, perhaps eagerly anticipating the messiah to come? We aren’t really told but it doesn’t take away from the awesome, yet simplistic message being given. That is that Christ knew where he was! The Lord had his eyes on Nathaniel the whole time, waiting on the moment that Nathaniel would walk his way. This a very exciting concept. He continues to tell Nathaniel that he will see great mighty works. Christ knew the purpose for Nathaniel’s life and it was to do a work for Him.
The same way he knew Nathaniel, he knows us too. He knows where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. As I said, I believe Christ was talking about a literal tree, but indulge me for a moment. What tree are you under? A tree of depression and despair? A tree of hopelessness? A tree of hard circumstances? A tree of confusion, lost without direction? Whatever the tree you’re under, you can trust that Christ knows where you’re at. He knows how you’re feeling, and what you’re facing! He’s seen your tears, and heard your prayers! He knows the plans He has for you and can’t wait to show you greater things ahead!
Jeremiah 29:11King James Version
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
So, the question remains. What is your fig tree? And most importantly. Why are you waiting to answer the call to come to Christ? The Lord sees you. He knows you. He created you! And he longs to show you great and mighty things! Come out from under the fig tree and follow Christ!
Ephesians 3:20-21King James Version
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.