Reading: John 14: 1-14
Verse 5a – Lord, we don’t know…
Our faith requires some honesty. Life is much the same. We must be honest with ourselves and with others if we are to live lives of integrity and character. We must also be transparent enough that others can know who we are and what we are all about. At times this requires us to be open and vulnerable. Philip and Thomas demonstrate all of these qualities in today’s passage.
Jesus is teaching the disciples some last-minute instructions before beginning His journey to the cross. This “farewell discourse” is full of powerful emotions, moving experiences, and great teaching. The disciples are like sponges, soaking it all up. And is often the case, they need a bit more explanation. Philip and Thomas could have kept quiet and tried to figure it out later. They could have remained silent and not disrupted the Teacher. Thankfully they did not remain silent. Thankfully they were willing to be honest and transparent and vulnerable. Thankfully they were willing to stop the Teacher and ask a question. They were probably not the only ones a bit confused. They were the two honest enough to ask Jesus a question. Understanding was more important than looking like they understood.
Philip and Thomas were also seekers. They were hungry for all Jesus had to offer. Yes, they had been with Jesus for three years, but they still hung on His every word. Jesus spoke the Words of Life. Oh that we would live such a faith. Too often we get comfortable and content and complacent. Too often we simply go through the motions and fail to experience what God has for us that day in worship or in our Bible study or in our time of prayer. Oh that we were all like that 96 year old woman, a Christian all her life, who still comes to church and to a Bible study because she seeks to always grow closer to her Jesus. May we too be seekers always, ever wanting to grow deeper in Christ, ever desiring to know Him more.