In my reading of John 1 the other day, I took special notice of the end of the chapter, where the disciples realize who Jesus actually is.
Andrew’s response: (v41) He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
Philip’s response: (v45) Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
I think it is nearly impossible for us to fully appreciate the perspective of these men, who had been studying the scriptures their entire lives, waiting for the promised Messiah. I love the excitement displayed by both Andrew and Philip in these verses. There zeal must have been genuine, because from this point on, these men dedicated their entire lives to this Messiah. What must it have been like to finally find what you had been waiting for, searching for, and praying for, for such a long time? Eureka!
I’m not suggesting that we can’t appreciate Jesus for who He is two thousand years later, but I believe there is value in observing the salvation plan in its entirety. Long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God was preparing the way for the Savior he had promised in Genesis 3:15. To me, this is an important and encouraging thought, relationally and apologetically.