John 1: 47-51


47.  When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching him, he sighed, and thought to himself, It is of such as these that I have to begin the kingdom.  But keeping these thoughts to himself he said to Thomas, "Here is a true Israelite on whom there is nothing false."


48.  At this Thomas doubted, and said to him, "But what of the beard, Master?  I saw him glue it on a few moments ago."  But Jesus ignored him.


49.  Nathanael stood in front of Jesus and asked, "Do I know you?"


50.  Jesus said, "This is not how this conversation starts.  You should be asking, How do you know me?"  But Nathanael would have none of it.


51.  Therefore Jesus was sorely troubled, for he could not see how to develop the theme of fig leaves.  But swiftly the insight was granted unto him, and he said: I saw you under the fig-tree with Philip."


52.  Then Nathanael declared, We're just good friends!  And anyway, it's Jewish to greet each other with a kiss.  If you don't know that, how can you be the Messiah?  You wait until it happens to you!


53.  Jesus said, You think that I am concerned that I saw you under the fig-tree? We shall see greater things than that.  And putting his arm around Nathanael's shoulders he then added, I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man, but only if you remove the beard.


54.  And Nathanael was clean-shaven from that day forward.




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