See it, then believe, or just believe

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John 14

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’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

 

What is it about the human way that we want so badly to see something to believe it?  Missouri is called, “the show me” State.  Somewhere along the line people of Missouri became known for their need to see-it-to-believe-it.  Philip must have been the original Missourian.  He told Jesus that if Jesus would simply peel back the curtain of heaven and show them the Father on His throne they would have been sufficient in their faith.

It is easy to criticize Philip while thinking in the exact same way as he did.  If only God would make His will as plain as the eggs on my plate this morning.  If only God would completely heal my sick friend.  If only God would let me win the lottery.  If only God would fix my marriage.  If only God would bring me a spouse.  If only God would… then I would really believe in Him.  We put God up to these challenges hoping that He will want us to believe in a way that makes sense to us.

What Philip didn’t say was that he was struggling with his faith and one quick vision would really help him.  Is that not what is behind our plea for something more tangible than a clear view of Jesus?  We have more of Jesus than Philip had.  For while Philip could see and touch Jesus, he was still wanting a King Jesus not a suffering and dying Jesus.  It wasn’t until after the resurrection that any of the disciples, figured it all out.  We have the whole story unfolded for us.  We have Revelation 1 where John saw the risen King in all of His glory.  We have a better view of Jesus than Philip had.

So we too must note the words of Jesus.  If we have seen Christ we have seen the Father.  Jesus was an exact replica of the Father and showed us all of the attributes of the Father.  Jesus was God in the flesh, the incarnation of God.  To study Jesus is to study God. Look to Christ. Lift Him up.  Make Jesus important in your life and conversations.  It was Christ who said, “And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto myself.”  We don’t need to see more of God; we need to have faith in the God who has already been revealed.

On Saturday we are having a youth band practice.  I announced it from 12:00- 1:00.  I need to move it forward an hour from 11:00 to 11:45.  Please be on time as I really have to leave at 11:45. 

Sunday morning I will be finishing Isaiah 66.  The last verse of the chapter deals with those who don’t make it into God’s eternal city.  The emphasis of Sunday’s message will be the eternal damnation of those who don’t believe.  Pray with me about this important biblical topic in a day when people are longing to be rid of all human and divine judgment. 

The video of the Combined church service is now on the website.  It is long but it is enjoyable. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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