John 1:50,51 – Jesus 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. And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.
In this verse, Jesus is calling His disciples to follow Him. He is about to lead these men on a spiritual journey that will lead them into access into heaven itself. Christ came to become the portal, the doorway into life. He did what none of us could ever do, He lived a sinless life and became our sin offering opening the door into a new kind of life. He was calling Nathaniel in this verse to this incredible life; He is calling us in the same way. He is giving us access into the heavenly world through faith in His blood. Here are some thoughts from Adam Clarke on today’s verse.
“What a glorious view does this give us of the Gospel dispensation! It is heaven opened to earth; and heaven opened on earth. The Church militant and the Church triumphant become one, and the whole heavenly family, in both, see and adore their common Lord. Neither the world nor the Church is left to the caprices of time or chance. The Son of man governs as he upholds all. Wherever we are praying, studying, hearing, meditating, his gracious eye is upon us. He notes our wants, our weakness, and our petitions; and his eye affects his heart. Let us be without guile, deeply, habitually sincere, serious, and upright; and then we may rest assured, that not only the eye, but the hand, of our Lord shall be ever upon us for good.”
Not only has He opened this portal for us, He is also watching us. Just as He saw Nathaniel under that tree, He saw you as you opened your eyes this morning. He is watching every move you make with interest and compassion. He is not far off and uninvolved in your life, He is involved in every minute detail of all you do. I think this is what struck Nathaniel, Jesus noticed him and cared for Him. Nathaniel had no idea the journey that was ahead of him as He followed Christ that day, He just knew he was following someone who had him in His care.