“You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’”
(John 14:9 MSG)
It amazes me how someone can claim to know you for a long time, but not really know you at all. Such was the case with Philip. He was Jesus’ disciple for many years, but when it came down to it, the man didn’t really know his Teacher. When Jesus spoke of going to the Father, Philip said something that made Jesus question the disciple’s understanding of who He was. “Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.” “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’” (John 14:8-9).
We can go to church for years, read the Bible, pray and talk about Jesus and still not know who He really is. Turns out it was all head knowledge rather than heart knowledge. We knew a lot of things in our head, but didn’t really believe them in our heart. Like Philip, it doesn’t take long before our heart knowledge is exposed before God and others because what’s in our heart eventually comes out of our mouth and we begin to speak what we truly believe. Get to know Jesus not just with your head but also with your heart.