Today's verses are John 14:9,10: "Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father? Do you now believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.'" My child, my friend and follower Philip had just asked me to show them the Father and that would be enough for them to believe. He wanted some kind of supernatural manifestation of my Father, an appearance, a vision from heaven. Moses did the same and was given a limited vision of my Father in heaven. Isaiah also was granted a glimpse of glory in heaven.
But I knew that they, nor any human being, could ever have a direct vision and encounter with my Father in heaven without dying. His perfect holiness encountering human sinfulness could only expel the person from his presence. It's much like when an unhealthy germ enters your body. Your healthy body begins immediately to fight it. It must! But not only does it fight the unhealthy, evil germ, it wants to rid your body of it forever. Health cannot stand unhealth. Purity hates impurity. Holiness despises sin.
Then I made a stunning claim to Philip and my disciples. I said that those who have seen me have seen my Father in heaven. It was a clear claim to deity. Obviously, Philip had not yet completely understood one of the major reasons why I had come to earth: to reveal the nature of my Father in heaven!
Since no human being can gaze on the perfect holiness of my Father and live, I took on human flesh and enshrouded my Father's glory behind a human body. Now all humans are able to gaze upon my Father's glory and live. All now can look into the face of my Father in heaven and live. If you have seen me, you have seen my Father.
My child, people ask regularly, "What is God like?" When this question is asked, look at me. If you want to know my Father's grace, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, love and care, look at me. If you want to know my Father's healing power, look at me. If you want to see my Father's kingdom authority over all sickness and death, look at me. If you want to know my Father's words, listen to mine. If you want to see his works, look at my works.
I am the revelation of who my Father is. It's not your earthly Dad, who most undoubtedly failed and disappointed you. It's not in any other human being. It's in me. As you know me, you will know my Father in heaven. Look at my life and you will understand his life. I am the perfect reflection, the glorious image, of my Father in heaven. Look at me and you've seen him. Understand my nature and you understand his.
I and my Father in heaven are one.
Therefore, give me everything in your life today. I love you more than you'll ever know.
You can trust me today.