““If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show Him to you?””
Carrying on from yesterday’s theme, it is important to truly understand who Jesus was so we can fully understand who Father God is. Jesus’ disciples were full of question about Father God. They wanted to see Him and understand His character, yet Jesus made it very clear, ‘anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father!’ The disciples saw the face of God because they saw Jesus.
As we too search out the truth about who God is, we must remember that Jesus wasn’t talking in allegorical subliminal messages, He was telling the truth about who He was. He was God. Friends, we mustn’t overlook this truth. So often we think of God as one thing and Jesus as another. We picture God as a far away God, who only wants to punish us for our sins. Is that true though when we look at how Jesus lived His life? This Jesus who spent most of His time making broken people whole? Think of Zacchaeus and Matthew the tax collectors, Mary Magdalene, and the women of Samaria. This is the God we serve, that reaches out to the lost, not to condemn them but to save them. He is not quick to pass out judgement but quick to shower His mercy and love, as He did with the woman caught in the act of adultery.
As we read more about Jesus, let us understand God’s character more too. God is near to us, full of mercy, grace and love.