Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? -John 14:8-9 NRSV

Thomas had just asked Jesus to show him the way. Now Philip wants him to show him the Father. Jesus reaction is telling. After being with him for three years these disciples seemed clueless about who Jesus was. These men, stuck in an earthly image of Messiah, did not understand that Jesus had been showing them the Way and the Father all along.

People today are still locked into an earthly image of Jesus. Folks still refer to him as a great teacher or powerful prophet and totally miss the point. Jesus came to not only teach us about God but to show us what God is actually like. His life is still teaching me about what the goodness and love of God looks like. I want to be like him.

Empower me today Lord to be like you. Help me to deny myself, pick up my cross and follow you.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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