John 14:1-14, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? 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 authority, but the Father who dwells in Me does His works. Believe in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
Jesus made it clear to the disciples that He is God, and that the only way to the Father is through Him. He also assured them that if they have seen Him, they have seen the Father. Then Philip has the audacity to say, “Show us the Father and it is enough for us.” It makes you wonder if Philip was paying any attention at all. It’s as if he were saying Jesus was not enough. He was essentially saying, “No, Jesus, You’re not enough. Show us the Father, and we will believe.”
We are the same way. Jesus responds to Philip by saying, in effect, “I’ve been with you for this long, and you still don’t know Me?” Again, has Philip been paying any attention? Jesus said if he cannot believe in Him, then at least believe in His works—the miracles He’s performed, the kindness and compassion He’s shown people. We are all just like Philip. Atheists have a difficult time believing in Jesus despite the eyewitness accounts we have of Him, while they do not even question the eyewitness accounts of other historical events and even a 100% lack of eyewitness accounts of evolution. Even for believers, sometimes Jesus isn’t enough for us. Even believers will question, “If God is all good and all-powerful, why doesn’t He stop all suffering?” We have answers to these questions but we’re never satisfied with the answers.
Jesus stressed the point to His disciples that His presence and good works are enough for them to believe in the Father. Jesus was physically present with them and still one of them found it hard to believe. Today, Jesus isn’t physically present with us until the glorious day He returns, so how much is enough for us? The Scriptures should be enough. On the night before He was betrayed, Jesus prayed specifically for us—all Christians today, by praying, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me” (John 17:20-21). Jesus prayed that we would believe through the words of the apostles, for their words are enough because they have seen Jesus Himself.
All Scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16), which the Greek word for that phrase means the Holy Spirit is literally moving in the words of Scripture, just as He moves in all of us today. Jesus knew this, which is why He sent the Holy Spirit to His apostles to be inspired with His own words and they wrote down what the Holy Spirit inspired them to write. The Spirit of God is in the words of Scripture, who is in us, and who is ultimately Jesus. Jesus is more than enough. His blood was sufficient to cover all our sins, and He is more than enough to bring us through this life. The words He spoke to the apostles through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit are more than enough to believe in the Father. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).