A New Way to Live
“You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” —Anne Lamott
Remember back in school how there was always one kid who asked the question that everyone was thinking, but everyone was too scared to ask because it sounded dumb? And remember how grateful you were for that person?
Well, the disciples were no different, and Philip was that kid. Jesus had just told the disciples something truly amazing in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It was a stunning truth, a paradigm shift in all of their brains.
But Philip pipes up and says, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (v. 8). You can almost hear the frustration in Jesus’ voice in His response:
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. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work” —John 14:9-10.
We similarly miss the message once in a while. We see Christ do amazing things in lives all around us, and yet, we still tend to “miss the point” or fail to see the implications of this mystery. Jesus is the revelation of the Father to us. When we see the Son, we see the Father too—a supernatural unity with Jesus in the Father and the Father in Jesus.
The point is that we have becomes sons and daughters of the Father too. When we get to know Jesus, we get to know the Father as well. We have been adopted into the family, where we share in the intimacy and fellowship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s not just theology. Jesus modeled a dependency on the Father over and over, showing us a new way to live today.
Dear God, stun me with the reality of Your truth. Touch my soul with the spiritual reality that the Son is in the Father, the Father is in Son, and that through Jesus only, I can come to the Father in the same way. I praise You and thank You for what You have done. I bow in awe and worship. Amen.