To God Through Jesus

John 14: 6-14
1 Cor 15:1-8 / Psa 19

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.
(John 14:7)

After all that He had testified,
Are we still not fully satisfied?
For our sins was He not crucified?
Jesus, be forever glorified!

Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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: 6-14)

Reflection

We first read about Philip as one of the first apostles that our Lord Jesus called to follow Him (Jn.1:43). After His encounter with Jesus, he set out to tell Nathanael, who at first doubted, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” And Philip told him, “Come and see,” and brought him to Jesus (Jn.1:46). He was also the first among the apostles to bring non-Jews (Greeks) to Jesus because they wanted to see Him (Jn.12:20-21). He was in fact the first apostle to bring the Good News of Jesus to the city of Samaria, and to all the towns all the way to Caesaria, converting an Ethiopian eunuch along the way as he was led by an angel of God (Acts 8:4-40).

Through the boldness of Philip (“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied”) Jesus first revealed His oneness with 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?” This statement gives us an idea about the mystery of the Holy Trinity, how the Trinitarian concept of three Persons in One God came to be a basic doctrine in our faith.

Philip must have been so inspired by the words of Jesus that he clearly fulfilled what his Master had told them: “You will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” Singlehandedly, he had converted the city of Samaria by the miraculous signs that he performed in the name of Jesus (Acts 8:4-8). What our Lord meant when He said His disciples would do “greater works than these” was that their deeds would glorify His Name, and would lead to the conversion of thousands, which, ironically, did not happen to the hard-hearted Jews who had witnessed the miracles that He had performed in their midst. Like Philip and the other apostles, we have the duty as Christians to glorify the holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by our good deeds and by spreading his message of salvation to others, just as we had received it when we were invited to the life of Christian renewal.

Please help us pray for more participants to join our Brotherhood’s Christian Life Program scheduled to start on May 21, 2011. Through this seminar we hope to bring souls to the Father through a more intimate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, we believe You are the Way to the Father, and the Gospel is the only way for us to get to know You better and be guided accordingly by Your teachings and Your example. May the Holy Spirit inspire us and strengthen our resolve to work for the glory of Your Name and for the Father’s kingdom here on earth. Amen.

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