Daily Scripture Reading: John 14:8-9 KJV
John 14:8-9 KJV
(8) Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
(9) Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Today’s Devotional Is CHRIST’S REVELATION ON GOD
PHILIP’S INQUIRY was witness to the development of a human soul. He had only been found three years earlier than Christ. He was probably about the same age as other young men his age and of similar standing, but he had an interest in the Messiah’s coming. However, his views were narrow and limited. He saw Christ’s coming as the time to restore the Kingdom of David and free himself from the hated Roman yoke. Three years of fellowship with Jesus had made a tremendous difference. He isn’t content to see the Messiah, he wants to know the Father.
This request is based on a mistake. He desired to see his Father. How can Wisdom, Love, and Purity be made visible in a human being’s life? Philip lost sight of the Father for three years as he was too focused on his search for the transcendent. Philip, I have been so long with you and yet hast du not known me.
The works of Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed the Father to us (Joh_14.10-11). The miracles of Jesus are God’s stories. It is not the right way to interpret them.
In answering our prayers, He shows us the Father (Joh_14.13). He is always eager to answer our prayers, so that He might reveal the glory and nature of God our Father.
Christ communicates the Holy Spirit to us, revealing the Father. The Spirit communicates God’s Divine nature to us in a way that no miracle can. Our Lord promises that He will reveal Himself to any soul who obeys Him and that the Father will visit us to take His place, which He does (Joh_14.21-23). Our Lord’s earthly ministry and life throughout eternity unfolds to us the Father in the sweetness and tenderness of that magnificent Being, whose Love is all-encompassing.
PRAYER for Today
O Lord Jesus Christ, we bless Thee for having revealed the Father to us and brought us near unto God. Bring us to purity in our hearts, not only in our walking but also in our inner temper, so that we never lose sight God because of the obscurity in our own nature. AMEN.