“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us” (Jo 14:8).
Philip, like Thomas fascinates me because he is willing to make a fool of himself by admitting his ignorance of the “obvious”. He doesn’t pretend to understand what he doesn’t. He doesn’t humour the Lord with a fake confession of understanding.
Neither should we! Let’s face it, the question of the Son’s unity with the Father hasn’t stopped baffling religious thinkers hitherto. I’m glad Philip dares to confess his confusion because our Lord then sheds more light on what he means by saying, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (14:7).
I urge the Lord’s flock today to overcome the fear of embarrassment that hinders many from learning more from the Master. Let every trace of pride that stops you gaining better understanding go! Don’t be afraid to seek clarity. The Lord loves genuine enquirers.