By Pastor Matt Carter
Scripture Reading: John 14:8-11
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the  Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.” John 14:9b-11
If given the choice between the Holy Spirit inside us or Jesus here beside us, I believe most of us would choose to have Jesus here in the flesh. If we put ourselves in Philip’s situation, we would probably wonder if Jesus truly was the Son of God. Philip was still wanting to see more—the Father. I believe we often are in the same situation.
We settle for the Holy Spirit, but what we really want is Jesus here. Show us Jesus, and that will be enough for us. However, Scripture tells us in Colossians 1:27 that it is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Jesus does live in us through the power of his Holy Spirit. Furthermore, this is why we are called the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).
Jesus told Philip that anyone who sees Him has seen the Father. Paul says it best when he says in Colossians 1:15, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” Christ shows us the Father, and we as the body of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, show others Jesus by loving them.

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