Have you ever had a desire to see/find God?
When I was very young, I thought seeing God is watching the Photo/picture of Jesus. In the market, you'll get photos and pictures of Jesus. Different types of photos/pictures like: Jesus Hanged on the Cross, Jesus with his parents, Baby Jesus in the Hands of Mary, Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha, Jesus with sheep, Jesus on the seashore, Jesus with his disciples, Jesus with the blind, Jesus rebuking wind and waves etc. etc. We had a few framed photo's of Jesus at our home. One was a big portrait of Jesus, looking at heaven and praying. It was hanged on the walls of our Drawing Room. A magnificent picture I still remember. As a small boy, I thought that the picture of Jesus was God and I had to utter my prayers and wishes to it. But now I am not talking about to watching a picture of Jesus which is available in the market.
Using the word "Watching God" or "seeing God" It doesn't mean that seeing a picture or photo of framed Jesus. It means to understand fully who God Is?
"Who is God?" "Why I should see him?" "What is the benefit of seeing God?" These are the some of the questions which are the most ever asked questions in the world over the years. Very good Questions. Many were asked this question throughout the ages. But very few find the answer. They are the luckiest people ever lived in this world. However, there is a large group, who never find the answer to these questions. I think they are the most wrecked people ever lived in this world.
To understand God, I would like to bring your attention to a conversation between Jesus and one of his disciples Philip reported in the Gospel of John
John 14: 8 - 13 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
Who is Father, Who is God
Many of you may understand and are familiar with this passage. Those who are not aware of it, I would like to explain a little bit of what this Philip and Lord Jesus is talking about. The center of this conversation is "Father" Philip wanted to see the Father. Now the question is who is this Father. And who's father they want to see? To understand who is this Father, let us look at the passage above. There Jesus was talking to one of his other disciple named Thomas. Let us read
John 14: 5 - 7
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Hear Jesus talking to Thomas about the way to reach the Father. To clearly understand who is this father we should read from the Verse 1 of this chapter 14.
John 14:1-4 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."
Hope you understand from the above words of Jesus who is this Father. The words "Trust in God" and the "In my Father's house" we could understand one thing. The Father here Jesus talking about is God. The creator of the heaven and earth, who created everything in this world. Now you know who is this Father. And Philip wanted to see this Father. Which means he wanted to see God himself.
We all wanted to see God. We all have the desire to see God. If given a chance, we would never miss that opportunity. It is a normal desire of a human being. We would not find any wrong in having such a desire. If someone told you in such and such place such and such time you could see the God, you will make every efforts to go there and see the God. Many people in this present world, go to many holy places, to find God and worship God. They think, if they reach that particular place, they could find God and worship God. That is why people go for pilgrimage. Every year millions of people are making the pilgrimage to different places. The different groups have different places. Some climb the hills, Some go to rivers, Some go to a particular building. They do according to their culture and belief.
The true God
Anyway, it's great to have a desire to see God. Let me ask a personal question here? Have you ever had a desire to see God? If your answer is yes, please continue reading. This hub is for you.
Now let us look again at the conversation of Jesus with Philip. Philip wanted to see the Father. That means he wanted to see the God Himself. In the reply to Philip's question, Jesus asking another question.
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?
Hope it is clear for you. Philip wanted to see God. Jesus asking Philip "Don't you know me? It means Jesus is God.
You may be feeling strange to hear such an answer. Then again Jesus says: "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves."
What are the miracles Jesus did? They are: Turning water into wine, Healing the sick. Giving eyes to the blind, Walking on the water. Multiplying 5 bread and 2 fish enough to eat more than 5000. Giving life to the dead. Seeing the coin in the mouth of the fish when the fish was in the sea. Rebuking the wind and waves the list goes on..... At last, he himself resurrected from the dead. Death could not continue its hold on him..... He died on the cross as a sacrifice to redeem me and you. He paid through his blood the penalty of the sin of you and me. If you believe that he died for you, you can avail this redemption free of cost. He is God and he will take you to God.
Hope now you understand Who is God. If you want to see God, look at Jesus. To know more about Jesus, read the bible (Especially read the Gospel of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John)
Again Jesus says: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father"
Jesus said to Thomas: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Here also Jesus raveling one of the greatest truth: He is the only way to reach God.
Now I pray, May God bless you to find Him.
If you have not found the God till now this is the right time to find him and accept him as your Saviour. If you want to receive him as your Saviour, Please pry this prayer: "Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I know you died for my sin. I believe you as my God and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and make me your son/daughter. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen."
May God Bless you.