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””?
A few generations ago people would have thought that it would have been impossible for us to see the other side of the moon. They would have thought it impossible for us to have pictures beamed to earth of the planets and distance reaches of the solar system. In those days if anyone had have asked to see these things they would have been told that it was impossible.
Today, with such things as the Hubble Telescope, we see things in the solar system that have always been hidden from mankind.
As far as the Jews were concerned, and we must remember that the disciples were Jews, no one could see God. He was hidden from the view of everyone, with the exception of Moses and Isaiah.
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple – Isaiah 6.1. No one else had ever seen God.
The Greeks believed that God was transcendent, which means He is beyond the reach of normal or physical human experience. Therefore, for the Greeks no one could see God or experience God.
The assurance of Jesus is that in Him everyone can see God, and everyone can experience God as their Father.
The comment of John on this in his first chapter is:
And the Word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1.14.
Here is the good news of the gospel.
God is not unknowable; He is not beyond the reach of every human being; He showns Himself to the whole of creation in Jesus.
All we have to do is to look at Jesus and we see the Father.
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body – Colossians 2.9 (NLT).