Words from the Heart for Friday October 2nd, 2020
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 14:8-9 (NKJV)
See Me, See the Father
Charles Tupper, one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation, worked as a doctor prior to becoming a politician, and occasionally performed medical work after joining the government; he was known for keeping a medical bag under his seat in the House of Commons. Tupper was the Canadian Medical Association’s first president, and he also served as Canada’s sixth prime minister — for exactly 69 days — in 1896. He is the current record holder for shortest-serving prime minister in Canadian history.
God is by nature holy. Human beings are by nature sinful, and that sin separates us from God. This separation is the reason why we have no peace and strive to understand our purpose in life. God seems so mysterious, so removed from us. This was so until one night over two thousand years ago when Jesus was born in a manger outside of a village in Israel called Bethlehem. When he entered our world, for the first time since sin marked the life of every human being, God came to be with us. In Him, we see God. We read this in John 14:8-9: “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?’” What a powerful statement about the mystery of the Triune God. Jesus and the Father are One. The Bible says that God is Spirit, so Jesus is not speaking physically here. When we look at the nature of Jesus, we understand the nature of God.
These have been words from the heart.