Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? John 14:9
Believe in God , believe also in me.
It is relatively easy to believe in God than to believe in Jesus of Nazareth. The man from Nazareth was not at all a promising figure. He didn’t try to become the king even his own people try to support him, he was not preaching the abolishing of Roman ruling but his mind and heart was in some unearthly imaginations, which the common people always got confused. He said his kingdom is not on this earth. So the carpenter never outlined an expected Messiah. And now he started to tell that he would die in a sympathetic state. To believe in such an unaccomplished, unsuccessful ‘Messiah’ must be very hard and challenging for someone expecting a saviour for Israel. That is why Jesus reassures to believe him ‘for the very work’s sake’.
Thomas’ remark to Jesus is also interesting: ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Following a leader without knowing the path is very courageous. That is what Jesus ask from us :‘Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed’.
The most difficult phase of Christian living is to make others believe by showing our work. Jesus always reviewed his image with himself and with his disciples. Even once he asked disciples what they and others think about him. When he fell on his knees in Gethsemane he was confident to claim before his father that he showed his beloved once who the God is. Sometimes we fear to look into mirrors.
In our daily life the scenario is exactly the same: we can believe in a God sitting in heavens or walking through the clouds. But believing in a Jesus who can open our eyes and cure our disability is difficult. It is difficult to trust in a God who asks to secure the wealth in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). It is unimaginative to follow a leader who asks to love your enemy. It is easy for us to believe in a God, that we have pictured in our mind by compromising many of our imaginations and expectations, than in a God lying in a Cross. That is why a risen God is more pleasing than a crucified Jesus.
A place in His Mansion.
Jesus always equalise his followers with him, in contradiction to a leader in today’s life. He is always very promising as all the leaders on earth but the difference is his peace and happiness is from another world. He is born in a manger but he is rich in his kingdom having many Mansions. A heavenly richness he wishes to share with us that no one can steal from us. He is putting forward some glimpses of that Mansion: the essential food for soul is already shared on earth- his own body and blood. He is ready to share his eternal peace too with everyone putting faith in him.
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.
Now the God is not a God in flame of fire out of the middle of a bush (Exodus 3:3-4) . But he is one of us. He is one who walks beside us and eat with us on the same table. He speak the same language, he cry for his friend. Can we say in our mind those who met us have seen the God? A resemblance is necessary. Our face, expressions and behaviour have to change to project our God. The face have not to be stubborn to a woman in adultery( John 8:3), a few tear drops needed for our brother’s death , and we need a groan in spirit (John 11:33). We have to love our enemies, have to share our cloak and time. (Matthew 5:40-41). That is why the road to His Mansion is very narrow.
So let us change the picture of the God in our mind and let us pray to change our face to resemble Him. The Mansion is ready and open for us.