Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9 HCSB
Someone might ask if I know Tiger Woods, the professional golfer. I know who Tiger Woods is, and I have watched him play golf many times on television and in person at the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship. I have even read about Tiger in the magazine, Golf Digest. Even though I know who Tiger is, have watched him play golf and have read about him, I do not really know him.
How many people have read about Jesus in the Bible, attended church and studied about Him in a Bible study class, or heard preachers proclaim the Good News of Jesus but do not really know Him? They may have even walked the aisle of a church and prayed a prayer to accept Christ as Savior but don’t really know Him. Philip had actually spent time with Jesus and still did not really know Him. The only way to really know Jesus is through a personal relationship with Him. One must respond to Jesus’s gift of eternal life by repenting of his sin, acknowledging his need for forgiveness, confessing belief that Jesus died on the cross for his sins, and trusting Jesus to give him eternal life.
Challenge: To get to know Jesus even better, you must spend time reading God’s Word each day, learning the principles Jesus taught, and applying them to your life. If you want to know what God is like, just spend time getting to know everything you can about Jesus. If you know Jesus, you know God the Father.