Knowing the Father

John 14: 7-14
Acts 13:44-52 / Psa 98

Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
(John 14:9)

How much time have I sacrificed
To know Him and be satisfied?
Who is this Jesus crucified?
He is our Savior glorified.

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

In our brotherhood’s teaching assembly one night, the topic was ‘Finding God in Everyday Situations.’ It seems that in most cases, we are not aware of God’s presence in our day-to-day existence, until something near-catastrophic happens and we acknowledge His presence and saving power. Our former chapter head related how in one recent incident, he fell asleep while driving alone on the highway, and his vehicle would have fallen into a deep ravine had it not hit a concrete signpost. His pick-up was a wreck, but he only suffered a minor cut on his lip. He said, “I thank God for His protection.” Indeed, as God assures us, ‘I bring you safety and honor; I give you life, long and full, and will show you my saving power’ (Psa 91:15-16). Nothing is too important or too insignificant to the Father Who shows us His love even in small favors. For instance, my incessant coughing was keeping me and my wife from a restful sleep the other night. I decided to pray to God to please take away my coughing so that we could sleep. In an instant, it was gone. His quick response kept me wide awake in wonder for another hour before finally falling asleep.

How much do we know our loving Father in heaven? One popular song in our brotherhood goes, “To love You, O Lord, is to know Your love… to love You, and to make You loved.” It is quite sad that many Christians are still in the dark regarding their relationship with God, simply because they have not yet come to know who Jesus Christ is in their life. They have not taken the trouble to read about Him in the Bible, and to relate the lessons He imparts to their own life’s situations.

It is never too late to transform our lives by getting to know Jesus better. By meditating on the Bible, especially the Gospel accounts, Jesus will reveal Himself to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. The more we come to know Him, the more we will become like Him, and the easier it will be to bring others to Him when they see Jesus in us. In this way we will be fulfilling the words of Jesus, Who said, “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…” And what a joy it will be to do the works that our Savior did!

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whose example we can aspire to be holy like you, and come to know You better. Grant that we may become closer to Him, by seeing His face in every person in our life. Amen.

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