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We have a saying around our house that we use whenever one of the kids are acting like their parents; ďthe apple doesnít fall far from the tree.Ē Of course one of our children likes to point out that ďthe apple doesnít fall far from the tree unless the tree is at the top of a hill.Ē Our kids are seeking their own individual identityĖjust like their parents did . . . the apple really doesnít fall far from the tree now does it!
Unlike our children striving to establish their own independent identity, Jesus does the exact opposite. Rather than showing how He is different from the Father, Jesus shows us that He is one with the Father. Jesus goes beyond just showing family characteristics and similarities that He shares with His Father. Jesus states that He and the Father are completely one; they are fully united without any split or division in person.
Look with me at John 14 where Jesus tells His disciples that although the apple is distinct from the tree, the apple still remains one with the tree.

+ John 14:7-11 7"If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." 8Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." 9Jesus answered: "Donít 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, íShow us the Fatherí? 10Donít 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. 11Believe 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. (NIV)

Man struggles to try to understand God. The infinite God is much greater than the finite mind of man can fully comprehend. For instance, it is difficult for us to understand how God can be born a man (never mind that He was also born of a virgin). How can God, an eternal Spirit without beginning or end, become a man? The miracle of the incarnation is the mysterious reality that God became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Manís difficulty trying to comprehend God does not end with the incarnation. We also have difficulty understanding that the Bible reveals God as having three distinct personalities, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet these three remain one. The scriptures do not show us three different gods, but rather One God in three persons which remain in unbroken unity.

Philip personifies our inability to fully comprehend God in verse 8; ďJesus, just show us the Father and that will satisfy all of us.Ē Jesus had just told the disciples that because they knew Him they also knew the Father and because they have seen Him they have seen the Father, but that wasnít good enough for Philip. Itís often not enough for us either.
Philipís request is similar to that of Moses in Exodus 33 when he ask God to show him His glory. Moses
Danny Brightwell
September 22, 2014
Very good message. Thank you for sharing.