Lent – Day 14: Thursday, 4 March
Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’
9 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”? 10 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. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
If Thomas wasn’t bad enough, Philip now chimes in. Why can’t we just have God? Why, Jesus, are you making it hard for us by insisting we come to the Father through you? Why on earth did Jesus ever pick up such a dull crew as this set of disciples?
Philip really did not know Jesus. He’s not the only one. Many today have the cut-out-the-middleman attitude of Philip. They’ll worship God at a respectful (or respectable?) distance, but cannot know of his love and saving grace unless they encounter Jesus.
Jesus is not operating a tollbooth or some private way to Father God. The entrance is free of charge, and access to Father God is open to anyone who comes through Jesus. It’s a free gift. It’s the only way to the Father. Know Jesus, know Father God. No Jesus, … While the entry is free, it is for ticket-holders only.
Jesus now probably confounds poor Philip even more as he goes on to explain his relationship with his Father God. It’s not easy for even the most holy of us to fully comprehend what’s meant by Jesus being in the Father, and the Father in Jesus. Jesus says that he and Father God are one, not one and the same. Jesus explains that he does not have an original word of his own! His words carry only the authority of Father God who is working in Jesus. The Son has subjected himself in total obedience to his Father’s work.
He gave himself totally to the commission his Father God gave him, and shed his blood for us. This is what makes Jesus the One who is given the highest honour in heaven.
How do I know that I have access to Father God?
How do I know that I have a place in eternity?
Concerning the sentence above about original words, what’s authority and what’s authorship?
Father God, I come to you because of Jesus. Thank you that you sent him from glory to this earth, offering us the Way back to you. Without Jesus we are lost. In him we are found. Amen.