Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus outlines for the disciples who He is. He and the Father are one. There’s no part Jesus that is not in unity with the Father.
When people say, “Jesus didn’t directly teach on this so it must not be important,” that’s untrue. There no part of Jesus that’s not in agreement with what the Father has already said. He lived the scripture. His sinless life a testimony. He perfectly represented the Father. He came to fulfill the law. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in unity. If the Father says it is wrong, Jesus is in agreement. If Holy Spirit inspired scriptures say it’s wrong, Jesus is in agreement. What is God continually promoting in the scripture; receiving His love, loving Him…for love fulfills the law. Not earthly love of do what you want. Godly love. Godly love is holy, pure, truthful, righteous, outstanding, forgiving, merciful, submitted to God, and good.
If we want to know the Father, see the Father, we go through the Son. Jesus perfectly represented the Father and manifested His will on earth. He demonstrated to the world what could be done in and through a person who’s life is perfectly submitted to the Father.
Following Jesus/Submission to the Father:
I’ve heard people say doing what God says or instructing people to do what God says is legalism. If so, we must call Jesus legalistic, for He only did what He saw the Father doing & on many occasions told people to deny themselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24).
Legalism is trying to obtain righteousness by works, it’s impossible. Obedience is an act of love that is birthed out of relationship and faith in Christ. Because I am in Christ I am made righteousness (given His righteousness). Since I am in Christ I abide in His love, mercy, forgiveness. Since I abide, I submit to Him as Lord of my life and seek to do what He says. Even Jesus said, “Why do you call Me Lord, Lord and not do what I say (Luke 6:46).” God empowers us through His radical love and Holy Spirit to follow Him.
May we abide in Jesus and see the Father for who He is. He is good! He is kind. He is love. He is holy. He is wonderful. He is just and fair. He is perfect. And He’s worth knowing!
Father help us know You for who You are and submit our entire lives to You! In Jesus powerful name, amen.