By Arla, Feb 18 2020 02:00AM
Jesus sees their confusion over hearing that he is leaving--they are baffled--don't even know what to ask. He knows discouragement and depression make an easy target for Satan, so he draws them out. "You know where I'm going and you know the way."
Thomas speaks the doubt he struggles with, saying, "Lord, we don't know where you're going, so how can we know the way?"
"I AM the Way... If you know me, you know my Father also. Now you know Him because you've seen Him; He is just like me. If you're drawn to me, you come to Him. If you don't like me, you won't like Him either."
They can't comprehend his words. How can the ruling, mighty warrior God of their scriptures and history be the same as their friend--this man who has taught them what love is?
"Lord, show us the Father, and we'll understand," Philip is sure his request will clear it up.
"You still don't know Me, Phillip? If you've seen me, you've seen the Father. I've been showing you Him for three years."
Philip looks confused, so Jesus speaks plainly, "The Father and I are one. We think exactly alike."
He needs them to see who he really is--God in human form--come to show us what God is truly like with no interpreters. If he can raise their low level of faith to experiencing this reality, their belief will soar, and they will have an anchor to get through the ordeal of grief ahead.