Day 4- Getting to know Bartholomew (aka. Nathanael)
Bartholomew (Nathanael) came to Christ after being introduced to him by Philip. He was from Cana of Galilee and had a great relationship with Philip. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke he is referred to as Bartholomew. But in the book of John he was called Nathanael which might have been his personal name. He was present in the book of Acts assisting with the nomination of the new disciple who would take over Judas Iscariot spot after his betrayal of Jesus. When he was introduced to Jesus by Philip he wasn’t so sure if Jesus who came from Nazareth was the true Messiah, because Nazareth which was place up the road from where he was from Cana to him was a insignificant and uncouth little town. He was just like everyone else waiting on the Messiah and was looking forward to meeting him even sitting under his family fig-tee in quiet and prayer which was customary when he met Jesus. It was until after Jesus called out his name and knew exactly what he was doing before he was called that changed his thought process on Jesus being the Messiah. There isn’t many references about the works of Bartholomew when he walked with Jesus, but after the resurrection of Christ he went on missionary journeys as far as India processing the name of Christ and he would eventually die a martyr for his faith by being flayed (cut open) alive at Albanopolis in Armenia. Even after having doubts about the Messiah, he risked it all by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.“Come and see,” said Philip.47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.