6 Apr. John 14:1-11

6 Apr. Jesus says whoever has seen him has seen God.

"Jesus said, 'Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.'"

"'There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am.'"

"Thomas said to Jesus, 'Lord, we don't know where you are going. So how can we know the way?'"

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father too. But now you do know him, and you have seen him,'"

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need.'"

"Jesus answered, 'I have been with you a long time now. Do you still not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.'"

"'So why do you say, "Show us the Father?" Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you don't come from me, but the Father lives in me and does his own work.'"

"'Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.'"

          (John 14:1-11)

 

 

It's often stated by non-Christians that Jesus never claimed to be God; But this passage from John's gospel refutes that suggestion and blows it sky-high!

Just before his arrest on the charge of blasphemy (i.e. claiming to be God) Jesus said clearly to his followers, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9) And he added, "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me." (John 14:11)

After the story of mankind's rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of the Old Testament, it was forbidden for people to look at God. It was felt that the Father's glory was so bright that any imperfect human being who looked at God's pure radiant shining brightness would be killed instantly.

So God appeared in different guises: To Abraham, God appeared in the flame of a blazing torch (see Genesis 15:17); to Isaac and Jacob, the LORD appeared in dreams at Beersheba and at Bethel (see Genesis 26:23-24 & 28:11-13); to Moses, he appeared initially in the bright flames of a burning bush (see Exodus 3:2) and later in the darkness of a cloud (see Exodus 19:9) and then a fire (see Exodus 19:18).

The Old Testament Hebrew peoples of the Exodus were expressly forbidden to look at God on pain of death (see Exodus19:21). But in the New Testament, God came down to earth in his radiant glory and appeared to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem (see Luke 2:9). He appeared in a dream to the wise men seeking God's anointed one (see Matthew 2:12), and he made himself known in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus performed miracles that only God can do (e.g. Mark 6:45-56); he healed people in the way that only God can (e.g. Luke 9:37-43); he forgave people in the way that only God can do (see Luke 5:21); and he brought people back to life in the way that only God can (e.g. John 11:38-44).

When his followers asked him where he was going, Jesus told them he was returning to be with God the Father (John 14:2). and when Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus replied, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me." (John 14:11).

This is the amazing message of the New Testament - the Christian (as distinct from the Jewish) part of the Bible: In Old Testament times God was hidden and an unfathomable mystery; but now, by looking at Jesus himself we are actually looking face-to-face with God.

The photo (by ESA Hubble & NASA) reveals IC 342 - the 'hidden' galaxy.

You can read more about Jesus's teachings at the 'Last Supper' @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/6-jesuss…/the-last-supper/


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