April 17, 2011
Monday of Holy Week, Day Thirty-five
Morning - Psalm 71, Isaiah 42:1-7, John 14:1-14
Evening - Psalms 42 & 43, Lamentations 1:7-12, John 14:15-31
Judas has the same problem as Philip (Jn. 14:9). Both knew much about Jesus. They knew Jesus could heal the sick and raise the dead, for they had seen that with their own eyes. They knew Jesus was the Messiah, the One of whom Moses and the prophets wrote (Jn. 1:45). They had heard His sermons and seen His miracles. They had walked with Jesus for three years, sharing hardship, ridicule, and danger with Him. Yet They did not know Jesus. They did not know Jesus was God in human form (Jn. 1:1-14). They did not know Jesus was the revelation of the Father (Jn. 1:18). They did not know that if they have "seen" Jesus they have seen the Father, and they did not know that the cross was the manifestation of Christ to the world.
To "see" Jesus is more than to simply view Him with our eyes. It is to see Him with understanding and faith. If we see Jesus in this way, we have seen God. But it is possible to see Him with neither understanding nor faith. To see Him as a good man, a prophet, a saint, but not Immanuel, God with us is to see Him without understanding, for it is to miss the real Jesus. To see Him as God, yet remain unaffected and unchanged by this knowledge is to see Him without faith. Let us not be as Philip and Judas. Let us understand and believe.