John 1:47-51 “47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael said to Him, ‘How do You know me?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.’ 49Nathanael answered Him, ‘Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.’ 50Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And He said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’” (NASB)
The water has not yet been turned into wine. Lepers have not yet been miraculously healed. Five thousand men are yet to be fed, and an after dinner stroll across the waters of Galilee isn’t even on the radar.
None of the things we think of when we ponder Jesus’ ministry and life on earth had taken place. I wonder what Jesus’ face looked like when he said this to Nathanael. In my eyes, I see him smiling a bit.
I picture this moment where Jesus is trying to convey to Nathanael just what he was going to experience if he stays and becomes a disciple. I picture a twinkle in Jesus’ eye and a smile on his face as he looks at Nathanael, Philip, Peter, Andrew, and the other men beginning to gather around Him, and then looks through eternity at you and says “You haven’t seen anything yet! Just wait and see what my Father is going to do next!”