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’?JOHN 14:9
This week’s devotional readings are design to walk us through the prophecies, characteristics, and life of Jesus that demonstrates His humble and caring nature so that we too can live more like Him in our daily lives. Today, John 14 continues to reveal Jesus as Messiah, it also gives us crucial insight into the very nature of God. Keep in mind Jesus words to His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Whatever we see Jesus doing in the Gospels reflects who God is!
Questions To Ponder:
The disciples’ questions in 14:1-9 are meant, to represent our questions. You and I may have been followers of Jesus for quite a while, but we still sit and wrestle with questions when faced with life’s challenges and trials. We still ask the basic questions:
- How can we know the way to God?
- How are we to see the Father?”
- Lord if it’s you will you show us the Father?
Philip still does not understand, and he asks instead to be shown the Father (14:8). Jesus then replies, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (14:9). This is a great spiritual principal worthy of underlining. To know Jesus is to know God. Those who claim to worship God but reject Jesus cannot then truly be worshipping God.
Taking the Gospel Globally
But what is more astonishing, those who believe in Jesus will do “greater works” than the works Jesus did (14:12). This cannot mean that disciples of Jesus will do something greater than being raised from the dead. It is not greater without context, but greater in the context of this chapter. The greater works in this chapter are the extraordinary works of coming to the Father through the Son. What greater works are the ones that the apostles did? Taking the gospel of Jesus throughout the Roman world. What greater works are the ones that disciples of Jesus today do? Taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. In the power of Jesus’ Spirit, we are equipped to take the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world
My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful.John 14:27 Voice
Father, thank You that You know me, feel me, and don’t condemn me. God, Your word tell me that you will never abandon me like orphan. I am ready to believe and submit. Show me who you are. Amen