John 1:50 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:50, NIV: "Jesus said, 'You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.'"

John 1:50, ESV: "Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”"

John 1:50, KJV: "Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these."

John 1:50, NASB: "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.'"

John 1:50, NLT: "Jesus asked him, 'Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.'"

John 1:50, CSB: "Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.""

What does John 1:50 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Nathanael was so impressed by Jesus' knowledge that he proclaimed Him the King of Israel. Jesus tells Nathanael that the signs coming soon are even more impressive. In modern lingo, Jesus response is essentially, "You ain't seen nothin', yet!" The gospel of John discusses seven of Jesus' miracles, and refers to them as "signs." The purpose of a true miracle is always bringing people a message about, or from, God. In the gospel of John, these seven miracles are recorded specifically so that people will realize that Jesus is God. Knowing where Nathanael was, and what he was doing, is impressive. But these future signs will be more potent proofs that Christ was who He claimed to be. Jesus has already gently corrected Nathanael for using stereotypes (John 1:47). Now, He gives an early reminder that those who believe only when they have a miracle are not seeking honestly. Christ makes this point very clear later, in His parables and conversations (Luke 16:31, Matthew 12:39).