A Work in Progress

John 14: 7-14
Acts 13: 44-52 / Ps 98: 1-4

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
(John 14: 13)

Have we been with Him all this time
And still can’t be one with the Lord?
Life’s meaning we can only find
If we believe and live His Word.

Jesus said, ‘If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.’ 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”? 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; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. (John 14: 7-14)

Reflection

How ironic it is that hundreds of millions of Christians all over the world believe in the divinity of Jesus, Whom we had never seen, and yet His own disciples who had witnessed so many of His miracles doubted His true Nature even up to the very end of Jesus’ life. I believe it is because unlike them we have the benefit of the Bible. What is there in the Bible that is so compelling that most of us Christians do not doubt the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He and the Father are one? I believe it is by God’s grace that we have been given insight to ‘see’ spiritual things that our practical eyes can never see. That grace is given through our faith. And the Bible, which nourishes us happens to be the book of faith.

Perhaps this was what Jesus meant when He said, ”You will do greater things than these.” He probably meant our faith, which is stronger than the faith of His disciples (before His resurrection) even without the benefit of miracles. True faith is all about believing, and not seeing miraculous phenomena. It is by faith that we can perceive God’s miracles working in our lives. And it is by meditating constantly on the Bible that our faith is increased and fortified.

In one bible sharing session last Wednesday with a group of BCBP brothers, the common thread in our personal sharings was about doubt and anxiety. I was particularly moved by the sharing of one brother who said it is by living up to God’s assurance that we can accomplish great things. This is the power of faith that Jesus was talking about, and what His Father promised in Psalm 91:16: “I will show you my saving power.” Many times in our lives God has shown His love and power, and yet, ‘men of little faith’ that we are, we still doubt His divine providence and dwell in anxiety during times of crisis. Oh well, we can only say perhaps it is because our faith is still a work in progress.

How like Your apostles Philip and Thomas we sometimes behave in our faith, Lord Jesus. Thus, our constant prayer to You, Lord, is to increase our faith, so that we may always live in the light of the Father’s love, and hope in His Providence. Thank You, Lord God, for this Daily Bread that sustains our growth. Amen.

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