Come and see

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9)

One likes Philip. He’d sought out his friend Nathaniel to tell him that Jesus was the expected Messiah, and when Nathaniel baulked, Philip said to him, “Come and see,” perhaps the best evangelistic invitation in the Bible. And now here, he’s naively and boldly asking Jesus to display God the Father to him and the other disciples.

Jesus seems a little taken aback. He replies, in effect, that Philip came and saw, and what he saw was Jesus; and seeing Jesus was seeing God the Father about his work.

According to tradition, Philip remained faithful to Jesus, dying as a martyr in 80 a.d.

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About Will Fitzgerald

I work on recommendation systems and lexical resources for Wordnik.

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