Jesus Shows Us God the Father
"Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." (John 14:8-11)
Do you ever look up at the sky and just wish you could see God? How many human beings living today have ever seen God? How many of us can say exactly what He really looks like? How many of us can say we have ever sat on His lap or talked to Him face-to-face or walked with Him on a road or watched Him feed crowds of people with a miracle meal? How many of us have ever seen God cry or bleed or eat or take off His shoes or be born?
Since God the Father is a spiritual being, He does not have a body in the same sense that people have a body. But Jesus is also God, and He came to Earth to be born in the form of a human being. Unlike spiritual beings, human beings are visible (able to be seen with human eyes).
The people who lived in Jesus' time had the opportunity to "see" God with their own eyes. Mary and Joseph saw Jesus' birth, and the shepherds were there to visit Jesus as a newborn infant. Jesus' friends and disciples had all kinds of chances to see Him live, to see how He responded to what happened around Him, to see what He could do for people, and to see how good and great He really was. Many people were watching Jesus during His last days, and both unbelievers and believers alike were amazed at His words and actions. He lived a sinless life, was crucified unjustly, and rose again from the grave! Only God could have done what Jesus did, and Jesus was God incarnate (God in the flesh, God in person). Jesus' life on Earth showed everyone the things that God the Father wanted to show about Himself. God told us about Himself in the written Word, and He showed us about Himself in the Living Word: Jesus Christ.
None of us alive today have ever gotten to see Jesus "in person," either, because He already ascended (went back up) into heaven to be with God the Father again. But it is because of what Jesus did – His perfect life, His sacrificial death, and His glorious resurrection – that we can one day "see" God ourselves. Jesus made it possible for people who trust in Him to have spiritual life! And those of us alive today may not get to meet Jesus in person until eternity, but we have the ability to read about Him and to learn more about God the Father through the story of Jesus' life and His words. Through Jesus, you might not be able to look up into the sky and "see" God with your own two eyes right now. But you can know more of what God the Father is really like because of Jesus' life, and you can look up into the sky and talk to God the Father because of what Jesus has already done.
If we know Jesus, we can know God the Father through Him.
» Do I really KNOW Jesus and God the Father, or do I just know lots of things ABOUT them?
» How can I keep on learning more and more about God the Father?
» Because of Jesus, am I now able to have a relationship with God the Father?
Truth In Real Life
G Campbell Morgan
“Everything a sinning man needs he finds at the Cross.”
George Campbell Morgan was born in England on December 9, 1863. Even as a child, he admired his father who was a Baptist preacher. Morgan once wrote that he had no choice but to get saved because of his father’s wonderful Christian testimony.
As a child, Morgan was often sick and unable to go to school. He was tutored at home and was taught to love learning and to study hard. This love of learning would grow with him throughout his life.
When he was 10, Morgan got to hear Dwight L. Moody preach. He was so impressed by what he saw and heard that he started preaching, as well. So, he became a preacher at the age of 13. By age 15, he was traveling and preaching as often as he was able.
Then something very dangerous and difficult happened that would change the course of Morgan’s life.
When G. Campbell Morgan was 19 years old, he began reading as much as he could about God and religion. Some of it was good, but much of it was wrong. A lot of it was human discussion about God and His Word, rather than God’s own teaching about Himself. Very soon, Morgan got all caught up in wrong thinking about God and the Bible. He became very interested in philosophy – or the pursuit of knowledge – and unfortunately, he became even more interested than he was in the things God had written about Himself in His Word. For the next two years, Morgan refused even to read his Bible!
Finally, at age 21, God got a hold of his heart and Morgan realized he had had enough of man-made philosophy. Instead, he returned to God’s Word and to trusting Christ. He spent the rest of his life preaching that God knows much more than human beings know. He wrote 60 books and 11 pamphlets. Eventually, Dwight L. Moody ended up relying on Morgan to help him in his ministry. In serving God, Morgan had the opportunity to help the man who was so used by God in his own early life as a believer.
Have you ever been tempted to trust human opinions and conclusions more than you trust God’s own Word? It is possible to be smart about the world and ignorant about God.
1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.