It’s Me, Myself!
It’s Me, Myself!
Words of Faith 1-26-17
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2017
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
 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.
There is a wonderful scene in “Fiddler on the Roof” where Motel the young tailor comes to Tevye to suggest himself as a marital match for Tevye’s oldest daughter. Motel tries to be subtle declaring to Tevye that he knows the perfect match for Tzeitel, someone that is a perfect fit, like a glove, and made to measure. Tevye looks Motel in the face and says, “Alright, who is it?” Motel sputters and must finally say, “It's me, myself!” As hard as Motel was trying, Tevye just did not understand until he was told bluntly.
We feel a bit of that same sense with Philip. Jesus had spent three years with Philip teaching and doing miracles. Jesus had just made the most profound christological statement in all of history: I am the way, truth and life. Now Jesus says, “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." To which Philip replies, “Uh, could you just show us the Father and that would be enough…” We almost want to slap Philip and say, “C’mon Phil. Pay attention. You’ve got to get with this program!”
But Jesus was gentle. "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” Just as Motel finally had to proclaim, “It is me, myself!” so Jesus also had to take a direct approach with Philip. Let me be clear. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” You can’t be any more clear about Jesus than that! “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?” It is me, myself!
Jesus went on to make it even more clear. “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.”
Why was Jesus so urgent? They had been together a long time but now the hours were short. Philip had to get his act together quickly. Truth had been shared bluntly. It was time to ‘get it’. The same is true for us.
We often live under the illusion that there is plenty of time to straighten out our understanding of Jesus. That may not be true. We never know when our window of opportunity may be closing. For this reason, Scripture is plain and blunt.
In response to our quest for God, Jesus declares, “It is me, myself!” If you have seen me you have seen the Father. The Father is in me and I am in the Father. Everything that I say is the Father speaking in me.
Have you straightened out your understanding of Jesus? Have you set straight your relationship with Him? He is the fullness of the Father. His is in the Father and the Father is in Him. His words are the words of the Father. It’s time to get to know Him and trust Him.
Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for revealing Yourself fully in Him. I want to know You and trust You. You are my all in all. In Jesus’ name.
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
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