Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 221)
TEXT: John 14:8-11
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 221.
John Piper said, “Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.”
After Jesus states that to know Him is to know the Father, another disciple has a request. So far, at this upper room gathering on the night before the Passover, Peter has made several statements, John has asked a question, and Thomas has asked a question. Now, Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”
Philip had an idea about how to settle once and for all whether they really knew the Father. He wanted Jesus to show them the Father; He wanted to behold God Almighty with His physical eyes. Rodney A. Whitacre states, Philip’s “request echoes that of Moses when he said to God, ‘Show me your glory,’ which the Septuagint translates as ‘Show me yourself.’ The Old Testament has accounts of people who have seen God, yet also warns that such a vision would bring death. Philip seems to have in mind an experience such as Moses or Isaiah had. He has a very exalted view of Jesus since he thinks Jesus can enable such an experience. But his view is not nearly exalted enough, as Jesus makes clear.”
In response to Philip, Jesus says, ‘How could you miss it?’ Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?’ In other words, ‘What do you mean, ‘Show us the Father’? You’ve already seen Him in Me.’
Jesus then goes on to give three ways in which His unity with the Father can be quantified.
First, in His character. Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father in me.” All that the Father is is in Jesus Christ. All that Jesus is is the Father. When the Bible says that Jesus was the “express image”, the perfect representation, of the Father, it was not talking about physical appearance, but character, personality, and spiritual attributes. Jesus is telling His disciples that they can believe on Him as the Father simply because of who He is. He is perfect, holy, and blameless. They had never seen Him do any wrong.
But if that was not enough, Jesus provides another reason — His words. Jesus says, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me…” When the Jews heard speaking, they marvelled at His mastery of the Law and the Old Testament Scriptures. They said, ‘Never man spake like this man.’ But it was not just a man speaking. It was God Himself speaking to them through His Son. The disciples had been listening to the voice of God over the past three years. They knew personally the power and wisdom contained in Jesus’ speech.
Finally, Jesus points to His works as evidence for who He is. He says, “the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” Jesus was not only one with the Father in nature and personality, but He was one with the Father in His actions. When Jesus acted, it was the Father working through Him. Every miracle Jesus performed was God showing the world how He had intended for the world to be in the first place. Every healed sickness, every death reversed, every supply of food, every calmed storm, every demon cast out was God saying. ‘This is how I intend for the world to be.’
God was working to bring about His perfect world through Jesus Christ in His person, His words, and His works. The disciples could believe that Jesus was the Father for who He was, for what He said, and for what He did. Everything about Jesus was consistent with Him being God. Thus, to know Jesus is to know God. You can get to know God today through the person, words, and works of Jesus as described in the Scriptures.
The chief work of God and Jesus working jointly is described in John 3:16 which states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.