John 14.8-9 cont.
8 Philip said to Him: “Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him: “Philip, Have I been with you such a long time and have you not known Me? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say: “Show us the Father””?
Many books have been published to try and lead us into knowing the Father, and entering into a deeper relationship with Him. These may be good in themselves, and have a helpful spiritual agenda. However, good as they may be they are not a replacement for having a personal relationship with Jesus that shows us the Father.
Philip realized this, which is probably why he asked Jesus to show them the Father.
Therefore, why did Jesus ask Philip why he hadn’t really known Him?
We may not know the answer to this, but it would appear that Philip had not really understood that Jesus was always showing them the Father.
We live in times when people may be looking to know what God is like, or to get to know Him.
Jesus tells us that He is the only way that we can possible get to know the Father.
Jesus has made it easy for everyone to know the Father. All we have to do is look at Jesus.
This requires us to become intimate with God’s word, the Bible, especially the Gospels. In these we have the stories of Jesus, the words that He spoke, and the works that He did. All of these show us God the Father. Remember that Jesus spoke these words:
19 Then Jesus replied and said to them: “In all sincerity I tell you that the Son is able to do nothing by Himself, only the things He sees the Father doing; for whatever things He does, the Son likewise also does.
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything that He does, and He will show Him greater works than these, so that you might be amazed – John 5.19-20
These are tremendous words. As we trust in them we will find that our eyes are turned to focus on Jesus, and in Him to see the Father.