Show Us the Father

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 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.  – John 14:7-9

 Jesus is revealing yet another truth to his disciples. They now understood that he was the Messiah, the Christ of God, but they as yet did not comprehend his deity. He is about to reveal a great truth to them.

 Philip was probably a little confused when he said, “Lord, show us the Father,” and he most certainly was not prepared for the way Jesus responded. “Don’t you know me Philip?” Jesus asked.

It seems that Jesus had saved the best revelation for the last. There had been many prophets and many false messiahs; but there had never been one to make such a bold claim. They have just barely grown to accept him as Christ, now he is revealing that he indeed is Christ, but he is so much more; he is the very physical presence of the eternal God.

The concept of incarnation for the purpose of redemption is unique to Christianity. In mythology there are stories of gods becoming men, but none of them have the concept of God becoming man do die as a man so that all men might have access to the grace of redemption.

The apostle Paul tells us that, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV). Yes, when they saw Jesus they saw very God made manifest before them.

We have hope today because God, the very God of eternity, became man, lived on earth to show us the way, died to give us the opportunity of redemption, rose again to give us hope and he is coming again to take us to our eternal home. Hallelujah.

 Principle: The Father has manifest himself in Jesus, the Christ.

Affirmation: My hope is secure in the Christ of God.

Prayer: Thank you for the redemption that is by faith in Christ. Amen.

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