Daily D – John 14:8
John 14:8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” (NIV)
To you, who is Jesus? If you are wrong, would you want to know the truth?
One of the men who spent more time with Jesus than anyone apparently got the wrong answer to this question. Give yourself a break if your answer is partial at best. Imprecision is apparently rampant.
Imagine being Philip in the split second after he said what he said. When Jesus looked him in the eyes and said,
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
(John 14:9-14 NIV)
Reading these words and recalling all Jesus did as recorded in the Gospels, we cannot help but read this chapter with a shock of trinitarian recognition.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Peter, Paul, and Mary all agree. Jesus is God with Us. Count Philip in as well. Include Doubting Thomas. Add Peter the Denier. Add Paul the Persecutor. Add Jesus’ brothers James and Jude, who earlier in the story thought he was nuts.
Add me. And you? To you, who is Jesus? He who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life has spoken plainly. See Jesus for who he is. Embrace him as your Savior and CEO. Receive all he promised. Live in the light of the life he gives you.
I will see, know, and experience Jesus for who he is.
Our Father, thank you for leading us into truth (John 16:13-15). Empower us to live in this truth. Empower us to express this truth. Amen.
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1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Thessalonians 1:6, 7 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.