It’s not unusual for us to want to know. We need certainty, we need assurance. Philip, when Jesus said, If you knew me you’d know the father too, said, I’m nearly there I’m nearly convinced, but don’t just talk to me about the Father, show him to me.
Jesus replied if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. He says, I am the evidence. He doesn’t leave Philip hanging, he goes on and tells Philip what the evidence is. He says it’s my character, it’s my words, it’s my works. And, he says, Philip you have been a witness to all of these things.
One of the objections to Christianity is that we can’t see God. And while this sounds like a logical objection, it loses its weight when we think there are many things we believe in that we can’t see. Love for instance.
But Jesus goes beyond the unseen, and says you have seen. And it’s the same for us too. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 19.1, the heavens declare the glory of God and the sky proclaims his handiwork.
The word of God has been revealed to us in the scriptures. His words have stood the test of time. There are millions of Christians who have gone before us who are witnesses to the life changing power of Jesus.
It isn’t the the evidence isn’t around us, it’s that we fail to appreciate the evidence that we see.
This week, as you spend time with family and friends, as you see the sights and sounds around you, as you have special moments, as some quietness comforts you, say to God thank you that you are still at work and you still speak. Ask him to show himself to you in someway, and look at how he might do that.
The Jesus that John writes about, is the Jesus who longs for us to know him, and through knowing him we can know the Father. He wants us to enjoy a personal relationship with him.