Show us the Father
The disciples are sitting at dinner with Jesus. He had just washed their feet. Judas had run off to ‘take care of business.’ The rest of them were reclining at the table, and Jesus begins to teach them.
Then out of the blue, He declares to them that He is the only way to the Father. Pretty stunning revelation if you ask me.
Perhaps Philip is thinking; ‘Father this–Father that–all you ever talk about is the Father.’ But what he says is:
Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. John 14:8
Jesus, seeing His work of teaching the boys is not yet complete, shares with them a truth that has huge implications. These implications don't just impact them but every one of us who would follow Him.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. John 14:9-10
Let me turn this around just a bit.
Since Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus, Jesus can say that “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” He and the Father were indistinguishable due to this indwelling, this abiding. The letter of Hebrews says that Jesus is the “express image” of the Father. (Hebrews 1:3)
Now let me take this one step farther down the page.
In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. John 14:20
Right here in the same context, using the same language Jesus adds a level to this relational connection. Not only is He in the Father and the Father in Him, but we are in the mix as well. This indwelling, this abiding was not only for Father and Son. Through the Holy Spirit we become dwelling places for the Father and Son. They live in us and we in Them.
It is the Father’s plan that as we grow in our likeness to Christ, we become less and less distinguishable. The Christ in us begins to show, perhaps just around the edges at first. As we walk in discipleship, as we rub shoulders with others in the body their iron sharpens ours. The mountains of pride and arrogance in our life He brings low. The valleys of self-doubt, guilt, and condemnation He fills. Our crooked ways He straightens and our rough edges He makes smooth.
Christ in Your World
We become a highway–an access road–for the Lord to impact our generation. (Tweet This) We become Jesus to those around us. No–we are not their Savior–but we may be the only Bible they ever read. You are a letter written by the hand of God addressed to the person next to you in class. You are a love note from the Creator of the Universe to the guy making your latte. You are a candle of hope set in the center of a dark manufacturing plant. You are a gleaming light shining out of the drive up window.
I strive for the day when Jesus in me is so visible that we are indistinguishable. I have a long way to go, but that is my hope, and it is the hope of glory. Will you press toward this place of Christlikeness with me?
Are there rough places in your life that make it hard for others to see Christ in you?
Shine where you're plugged in.