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06/11/2010

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Show and Tell


"Philip said, 'Show us the Father and that will be enough for us" (John 14:7).

We all know what show and tell means for a young child in school. It is a valuable teaching tool for young people to get them to talk about something in front of their peers. It gives them a kind of confidence. Yesterday the question was asked by Thomas, and today it's Philip. It's almost as If he's saying; "OK, Jesus... "You've been talking about the Father to us, now it's time for you to show Him...That'll be enough for us." We must understand the context here before we go off on the disciples. Jesus has just told them about His betrayal, impending death and even Peter's denial. They may be in semi-shock mode here so they are grasping at things. Even though they have been witness to all the great miracles, I guess they think that the only thing left is to see God! What we have here is what all teachers drool about...It's classically called a teaching moment. First, as we go back to the very beginning of the gospel of John, we read these words; "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." Jesus amplified on these words for His disciples when the question was asked.

He related to Philip that they had been together for quite some time. Then some wonderful words that echo down the corridors of time..."Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father...Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?....Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe in the evidence of the miracles themselves" (Vs 9 & 11). This teaching is at the very core of our belief! It is not wrong to say that Jesus of Nazareth was and is God. It is also not wrong to say that Jesus of Nazareth was a man. It is the great and wonderful center of what we have faith in. We have a powerful enough God, that He was able to make His Son a man and imbue Him with special abilities even in the flesh. In the flesh, this man was God! Jesus expected Philip and the disciples to see God in Him because of the way He spoke, how He conducted Himself and the things he was able to do. With this episode of show and tell, Jesus showed us Himself and told us that we were seeing the Father! It just doesn't get any better than this!

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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