In the book of John, Philip found Nathanael to tell him about Jesus. The long-awaited Messiah was here! With some doubt, Nathanael went with Philip to go and see. When the Savior saw Nathanael coming, He said,
“Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” – John 1:47
Perplexed by Jesus’s recognition of him,
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” – John 1:48
How did this Jesus know all that? How did He know that Nathanael had spoken with Philip? Moreover, how did He know that Nathanael had been praying under the fig tree as a faithful Jew? Nathanael came to the right conclusion that Philip was right about this Man.
Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” – John 1:49
Then, Jesus said this:
50 “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” – John 1:50-51
In Genesis 28, Jacob has a vision of a ladder that goes into heaven, with angels ascending and descending. The Savior alludes to this story to say that He is that very ladder. Because of what He will do on the cross, those who believe in Him will have access to God, to heaven, through Him. He is the great Mediator between God and man. Oh, yes indeed, Nathanael would see greater things. And praise God that all who believe in Him have seen these greater things.