Bible Verse: “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9, NIV
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-14
One of the ways God reveals himself to us is through his son, Jesus. Now obviously, if we were living in Israel during the first century, God revealing himself in the flesh through Christ would be easy to see and hear. However, I often find it interesting to see people like Phillip and others who were physically around Jesus for “so long” yet still did not truly know him.
Do you truly know him? Many of us “know” Jesus as head knowledge – we know a lot of information about him from what we learned in church or through our parents growing up. Like Phillip, we can talk about what Jesus said, and we are around other people who follow him. But maybe the reason we have a hard time seeing and hearing from God each day is that we don’t truly know him?
In the Hebrew culture, to know was more connected to the heart and experiencing this knowledge personally. Through Jesus, we can understand, see, and hear God in a personal way as God reveals himself through Christ. This is what takes Christianity from a religion to a relationship that allows us to draw near to him.
Is there a way you can have a new revelation of who Jesus really is? Maybe you can read the Bible in a different light or intentionally pray in Jesus’ name for the first time in a while. Perhaps you could watch The Passion of the Christ to see a visual of what he did for you, or look into the historical evidence to reveal to you that Jesus was real and truly walked this earth.
For some of us, the answer to “Where did you see God today?” starts with us going back to Jesus.
Youth for Christ Canada