Missing the Point

Today I was reading in John where Jesus is talking to the disciples about Himself and the Father. In 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” I found it so interesting that Phillip’s reply was, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

Really, Phillip? Was the dude not listening? Did he have a “space out” moment? Something that seems so clear was obvious not so clear in that moment. Jesus was saying that He and the Father were both God and that He was the physical representation of God the Father’s heart. But Phillip missed that completely. Maybe it was because he simply didn’t have a context for what Jesus was saying and it was so far outside his belief system that he couldn’t put the pieces together. I wonder how often we miss what God is saying to us because it is so far outside of our own context, our own beliefs about God and how He works, and our own little box where we keep “our” God.

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One response to “Missing the Point

  1. One of the things I love about scripture is how people are real. This is such a case. John could have just not included Phillip’s comments, but he did, and as a result, we can relate. We can say “duh”, but how many times do we do the same thing?

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