1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you for your returning to listen to the rest of these messages on the purpose of Advent;
3. and, today, we’re going to see that Jesus came from Heaven to reveal the Father.
4. Jesus said, in John 14:9,
5. “He that has seen me has seen the Father…”
6. and, if you have joined us for the first time,
7. this is the third in the series of sermons on the purpose of Advent.
8. First, we saw that Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil;
9. then, we saw that He came to take away sin.
10. Today, we learn that Jesus came to manifest the Father.
11. Jesus made many statements about His relationship to the Father,
12. but none of these statements is more comprehensive than John 14:9.
13. John 14:9 is the most inclusive statement.
14. John 14:9 is the most exhaustive statement.
15. Let me repeat this statement in John 14:9 again.
16. “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
17. When Jesus uttered these words, in John 14:9,
18. it was during His last hours with His Disciples.
19. Jesus’ teaching to His Disciples was interrupted four times.
20. First, in John 13:36,
21. Peter interrupted and said, “Lord, where are you going?...”
22. and, while He was answering Peter,
23. Jesus was interrupted again by a question from Thomas.
24. “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going. How do we know the way?...”
25. and, while He was dealing with Thomas’ question, in John, Chapter 14, verse 8, Philip jumps in and says, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied...”
当耶稣回答多马的问题时，祂的话再次被腓力打断。在 14 章 8 节这里，腓力说：“求主将父显给我们看，我们就知足了。”
26. and, when Jesus barely finished answering Philip,
27. Judas, not Judas Iscariot, comes up with another question.
28. “Why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
29. This whole discourse reveals something very, very significant.
30. After three years of listening to Jesus,
31. after years of seeing and experiencing Jesus,
32. they still did not understand who was Jesus;
33. yet, Jesus so lovingly, so patiently and gently answers their questions.
34. The one question that I want you to look at today is Philip’s question.
35. “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”
36. It was a request based upon a vision of Christ’s relationship to the Father.
37. Throughout these three years,
38. Philip felt that there was something special about Jesus.
39. He was unique among all Prophets.
40. He stood head and shoulders above all other rabbis;
41. that Jesus somehow had a special relationship with God.
42. There are millions of people throughout the world who still feel as Philip did.
43. To them, Jesus was a great teacher.
44. He was a great healer.
45. He was a great moralist,
46. a great ethicist,
47. a great prophet;
48. and they follow Him in the same way they follow a dead hero.
49. Many people in the world, today, believe that Jesus was dear to God in some special way;
50. but they do not know Jesus as God’s Son, the Messiah;
51. so, when Philip heard Jesus refer to God as His Father,
52. he immediately said, “Show us the Father.”
53. At this point, Jesus speaks as plainly as anyone can;
54. and He said, in effect,
55. "Philip, after all these years,
56. after all that you have experienced,
57. and, after all that you have heard,
58. you still ask such a question?
59. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
60. In fact, I came so that the world would know my Father.
61. I look and behave like my Father.
62. My Father is exactly like me.
63. No, in fact, we are one and the same."
64. Now, my beloved friends, I want you to imagine with me,
65. what was it like in the Hebrew world before the coming of Jesus?
66. Immediately before the coming of Christ into the world,
67. there was greater knowledge about God than in any other period in history.
68. There was a greater comprehension of the truth about God than any other time in history.
69. By the time of Jesus’ first coming into the world,
70. the writings of Moses and the Prophets were available;
71. but, also, morality had declined and diminished.
72. As knowledge about God was on the increase, morality was on the decline.
73. If you follow the story about the Hebrew people,
74. you will see that their moral decline reached its depth by the time of Jesus’ first coming.
75. Abraham had very little knowledge about God;
76. and, yet, when God called on him to leave his family and leave his wealth and leave his birthplace,
77. he said "yes" to God.
78. No questions asked;
79. but 2,000 years later,
80. when they had the wisdom of Solomon,
81. the Psalms of David,
82. the warnings of the Prophets,
83. the exhortation of the men of God,
84. yet, they were morally bankrupt.
85. Isn’t that what’s happening again this very moment in history?
86. We have a great deal of knowledge about God,
87. but we worship Him not.
88. We have a great deal of historical information,
89. but we believe not in Him.
90. How did Jesus, then, come to reveal the Father?
91. First, He came to reveal the Father, affirming the revelation which we call the" Old Testament."
92. Many people often ask me all over the world,
93. “Do you really believe the story of Adam and Eve?
94. Do you really believe that Jonah was inside a whale for three days?
95. Can there possibly have been a flood that covered the whole earth?”
96. I have a simple answer.
97. Jesus, who was there before it happened,
98. Jesus, who saw it all happening,
99. when He came to earth, He never denied it.
100. He never contradicted it.
101. He never mocked it;
102. and, if it was good enough for Jesus, who saw it happen,
103. it is good enough for me.
104. Jesus did not deny the truth of the unity of God.
105. He re-emphasized it.
106. Jesus did not deny the might of God.
107. He declared it and manifested it.
108. Jesus did not deny the holiness of God.
109. He insisted upon it by teaching it and living it.
110. Jesus did not deny the beneficence of God.
111. He manifested it.
112. He brought us the pure love of God for which we were groping but could never find;
113. and that is why Jesus said to Philip, “He who has seen me has seen the Father...”
114. and, when Jesus comes to a people who had never had direct revelation before,
115. He comes as a fulfillment of all truth;
116. so, He revealed the Father by affirming biblical revelation.
118. He came to reveal the Father so that men may know Him.
119. Please listen to me carefully, my listening friend.
120. He came to reveal the Father so that people may know Him,
121. not know about Him,
122. but intimately know Him.
123. Let’s look at the words of Jesus to Philip once more.
124. “Have I been with you so long, Philip, and you don’t know me?”
125. What is the essence of this question?
126. "You have seen enough of me, Philip.
127. If you really had known me,
128. you would not have asked for a vision to see my Father."
129. My listening friends, please listen carefully.
130. There are many people who know about God.
131. They study Him in religion courses.
132. They may even know some verses from the Scriptures;
133. but they do not know God because they really do not know Jesus.
134. Let’s look at Philip, as a case in point.
135. In Chapter 12 of the Gospel of John,
136. we see some Greeks coming to Philip saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
137. so, Philip and Andrew make their way to Jesus and ask Him to see the Greeks.
138. What does Philip hear Jesus say at that point?
139. Listen carefully.
140. “Now is the judgment of this world.
141. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out
142. and I, if lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
143. This is the third time Philip experienced a special vision of Jesus,
144. a vision of harmony with the Father,
145. a vision of one accord with the Father,
146. a vision of unison with the Father;
147. yet, just before Jesus is to walk down the road to the cross,
148. Philip asked Jesus, “Show us the Father.”
149. Jesus, in effect, answered Philip this way:
151. when you first saw me,
152. did you not see the embodiment of the Law and righteousness?
154. when you watched me feed the thousands of people,
155. did you not understand that I satisfy the hunger of the heart?
156. When you came to tell me about the Greeks,
157. did you not understand that I am to set men free?’
158. The truth is,
159. Philip had not seen these things;
160. but, my friends, don’t be quick to blame Philip.
161. There are some people who are called by God,
162. who listen to this broadcast day after day.
163. They show a great deal of enthusiasm about God.
164. They talk about Jesus.
165. They testify of God’s goodness in their lives,
166. and they know about Jesus;
167. but they have never come to know Jesus on an intimate basis.
168. They have difficulty believing that God can become man.
169. They have difficulty believing that God can
love them enough to pay the wages of their sins. 他们也不太相信，神如此爱他们，甚至甘愿代替他们偿还罪债。
170. They say that God is all powerful,
171. but they refuse to believe that He is so loving.
172. They are still asking today, "Show us the Father..."
173. and Jesus is saying, again and again,
174. "Do you not understand?
175. Do you see what you are doing?
176. The reason you do not see the Father is because you do not know me on an intimate basis.
177. Your relationship with me is shallow.
178. I want you to come to me and know me as God in human flesh.
179. I want you to come to me and know that I have paid the penalty of sin and guilt.
180. I want you to come to me, but unclog your ears so that you can hear me."
181. My listening friend, listen carefully as I conclude.
182. You may be someone who comes to offer God the flattery of your lips,
183. or you may have just an intellectual knowledge;
184. but God is saying to you,
185. "Surrender yourself to the One who came from Heaven,
186. the One who revealed to you my love,
187. the One who revealed to you my holiness,
188. the One who revealed to you my righteousness,
189. the One who revealed to you what I am like."
190. Will you come to Him today?
191. It is our prayer that you do;
192. and, when you do that, write to us and tell us.
193. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.