NAMES OF JESUS IN THE 1ST CHAPTER OF JOHN:
HE WAS CALLED RABBI, KING OF ISRAEL:
RABBI – In Verse 49, Nathaniel recognizes a great power in Jesus because Jesus has told him things he could not have known in the natural. He addresses Jesus as Rabbi meaning Teacher. When the disciples and multitude him addressed directly, he was most often called “Teacher.” In John 3:2: Nicodemus said, “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God…” Jesus himself said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so for that is what I am” (John 13:13).
Teachers can still strengthen their own teaching skills by modeling Jesus’ use of these methods: 1. Questions: “Who or what do you say….” or “Which of you would…” 2. Textbooks, Classics: Old Testament 3. Field trips: Look round you. See the lilies, etc. 4. Analogies: the pearl, sheep, mustard seed 5. Personal touch: Adulterous woman, lepers, taking children on his lap.
(This would be a good place for some of you to help increase my list. Comments?)
KING OF ISRAEL – John 1:49 Nathaniel’s words, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God and the King of Israel! Perhaps “King of Israel” meant that Nathaniel believed Jesus was the Messiah who would come to set up an earthly throne. If so, he was wrong. Jesus did not come to reign as a King on earth. But many of his followers believed that was going to happen.