December 03, 2020 – Thursday
John 14:9-11 NIV
9 Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work.
11 Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
It is obvious in verse nine above Jesus is replying to a query from Philip. Just a moment earlier Jesus had said (v6-7), I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him. That led Philip to make the following query-request (v8), Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us. And that led to our verses for today with four uses of the word believe.
What is Jesus asking Philip and the disciples – as well as us – to believe? That He and the Father are One! Let us consider His statements one by one. Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. If you had been one of those who had seen Jesus and all that He had done, you would know you had also seen the Father. Then He adds a statement in question form and looking only at the statement He says I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me. Again, He is plainly telling those present He and the Father are One.
In the last part of verse ten He adds, The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. He is unable to speak words that do not come from the Father. He is not separate able to speak on His own authority, He can only do the work of the Father. There is no separation, they are One.
Then in the very next verse He is very unequivocal when He says, Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. This takes us back to the first statement in the verses for today Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. If the Father is in Him and He is in the Father, then if anyone has seen Jesus, they have seen the Father. Again, they are One. This also tells us when the Pharisees or anyone else rejects Jesus, they are also rejecting the Father. When Jesus said Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. He added the following in case you could not grasp the truth of His statement right away, at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. This tells us the primary reason for all of His many miracles. So that those who would question His relationship with the Father, they could not deny the evidence of His works and then be able to believe.
What are we to make of all of this? Jesus in these verses has assured us there is only one God and there are two aspects to God that are one, Jesus and the Father. There is a third, the Holy Spirit, but that was not discussed in the verses here, so that will come up at a later time. The key here is Jesus and the Father are indeed one God, not two. Jesus makes this clear when He says, The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. Jesus is not a puppet, but He and the Father are One. He cannot do something on His own authority because He is not separate.
If that is so, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins one might ask? He did not have to do so, but God – in the Father and the Son – acting out of love choose to provide a way for each of us, individually, to have a relationship with God, the I AM, if we would but accept His gift of salvation.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – You and Jesus are One. Together You gave us a way to return to you and to have a relationship with You. Thank You for Your word so we might know without question You, Father and Jesus, are simply One. Knowing the love of Jesus, we know the love of our Father as well. You have blessed us mightily. – In Jesus name, amen.