To Know the Father

Saturday, October 21                 

Jesus made a startling statement in John 14:7.  Speaking to his disciples just hours before his crucifixion, he said “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  The “If” is a problem; it implies that they don’t know Jesus, nor do they know the Father.  These disciples had been with him for his entire ministry, more than three years.  His ministry with them is nearly over and they don’t know him?  They had seen his miracles and they had listened to his words.  They had performed miracles in his name.  They had received him as the Messiah; he was God.  What was Jesus saying here?  Think how this would hit the disciples.  Maybe it means simply that “to know me is to know the Father.”  In any case Jesus followed that statement with “From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  That is just about as enigmatic as the first statement.  Jesus probably meant that their understanding would become complete after the resurrection, and particularly after the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit would come upon them.  This verse still is somewhat of a problem for me.  If you can help me, please do so.

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