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John 14:7-14

The Word of God

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ 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”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

John 14:7-14
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    • Some years ago the theologian von Balthasar wrote a little book called, ‘Does Jesus know us? Do we know him?’ Jesus, you know me in the way that life-time partners know one another, only so much more deeply. Yours is a knowledge born of limitless love. But do I know you? Am I passionate about you? Do you mean much to me?
    • I pray the 13th century prayer, which was refreshed in the musical Godspell in 1971:‘Dear Lord, three things I pray: to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.’ Then I shall know you in the scriptural meaning of that word.
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    • How can we do greater works than Jesus did? Over the centuries, filled with the desire to heal and to make the world a better place, we have mastered diseases, combated famine, tamed the flooding of rivers and built alliances like the United Nations to make peace more possible. Lord, let me continue your work, filled with your spirit.
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    • Jesus reveals the depth of relationship between Father and Son. To know the Son is to know the Father. For John, ‘knowing’ is an affair of the heart, a felt-knowledge born of mutual love. It is not simply head-knowledge. I ask to know God deeply.
    • Jesus, you call me to be audacious - I am to do even ‘greater works’ than you do. But your central ‘work’ is the giving of your life. Don’t let that now put me off!