Believe Me: See Me See Him

“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘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.’ ” (John 14:8-9)

Philip wanted to see God. In person. With his own eyes. He’d just heard Jesus say, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Okay, then, Philip said, let’s see him. That’s all we need.

believeme_350Philip was hoping the time had finally come. He’d been following Jesus for three years, believing his master was the Messiah who would bring peace and greatness back to Israel soon. Was it time, now, please? Can we see God? Can we see his power?

Jesus went around the same tree again: You have seen him, Philip. You’re looking at him. You still don’t get it. You know me = you know him. I’ve been right here with you the whole time. You can stop looking for the Father; you’ve found him.

Think: Even some who call themselves Christians still miss the point that Jesus is God, that the Father is in the Son, that the Son is a perfect revelation of God the Father. Why do you think it’s so hard to understand and believe?

Pray: Thank God the Father for allowing you to “see” him through getting to know Jesus in the Bible.

Do: Spend five minutes sometime today just thinking about what Jesus means when he says that seeing him is seeing God the Father.