Scripture Reading: John 14:8-11
“Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:8,9)
Years ago I heard Billy Graham preach a sermon in which he said with great passion, “If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus Christ.” Philip and the disciples were still not clear about the nature of Jesus. Thus Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us.” It seems that Philip wanted some kind of appearance of God. He may have had Isaiah in mind who received a vision of God (Isaiah 6).
Jesus replied, ‘Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?'” Jesus made it clear that those who had seen Him had seen the Father. This is a clear reference to the deity of Jesus Christ.
We must first understand the nature of Jesus Christ. He is fully God and fully man. He has two distinct natures that are not to be confused — authentic deity and authentic humanity. We must also grasp the idea of the Trinity. There is one God who has three distinct centers of personality — The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three Persons of the Godhead share the same essence — deity. This is what Jesus is referring to in the passage. He and the Father share the same essence of being. When we look at Jesus, we are seeing God.
While Jesus was on earth, the glory and majesty of His deity were veiled. But none-the-less, the baby Jesus in the manger was none other than the Creator God, though men could not see it. When Jesus hung on the cross, He was still God in the flesh, tough men considered Him a common criminal.
Let’s never forget that Jesus is God. After His suffering and death, He rose victoriously over the grave. “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Lord Jesus Christ, I bow before Your majesty and glory. I know that You are God and that You love me. It is amazing to think that the Creator God of this universe cares about me. Thank You for humbling Yourself and taking on the nature of man in order to accomplish salvation for me. I rest in Your sovereign rule over my life.
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