The night before His crucifixion Jesus told the disciples that He would be leaving them soon to prepare a place in His Father’s house for them. He told them that He would return one day to get them and that they knew the way.
Thomas declared they did not know where He was going and asked how could they know the way.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said. “No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
“Lord, show us the Father,” Philip said, “and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
Are we like Philip and not satisfied with the truth that is right before us? Maybe we are like Thomas and have trouble believing. Christ satisfied the law once and for all time for us. He satisfied the price for our salvation and healing and provision and wholeness of life. He has given us a right relationship with the Father. Yet, are we like Philip asking Him to prove Himself to us just one more time? If Christ has satisfied us with the Father, why are we not satisfied with what He has done for us? Why do we have trouble believing every Word of truth He has given us?
Jesus has shown us His Father. He has satisfied our account. Are we satisfied with Him?
You can know about Jesus and not know Him. You can know what the Word says with your mind and not believe the Word in your heart. The heart is where you believe. And for the heart to believe His truth you cannot connect to God with your natural mind. Your spirit connects to His Spirit. You received all the fullness of God when you were born again, and the truth of His Spirit lives within you. But you must know what His truth is and believe it. You must draw from the truth that is yours in Christ.
Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in Him. Jesus is in you. And the Father is in you. Are you satisfied with Him?
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
—Isaiah 58:11, 12:3
Do you long to believe all Christ has done for you? To lay down all your doubt and believe His truth? To taste and see that the Lord is good? He satisfies your hunger with good things so that you are renewed! He guides you and satisfies your soul in hard times and good times with His Word that is planted deeply in your heart. He reveals to you the truths of your salvation. His living water springs up in you—to be an ever-flowing stream whose water never fails. You draw from His living truth within your heart!
Have you been like Philip or Thomas? Has Christ been with you all this time and you really haven’t known or believed who He is in your life? Are you satisfied with Jesus? Do you know what you have received in Christ?
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,” Jesus taught in Matthew 5:6, “for they shall be filled. They shall be satisfied." Be hungry and thirsty enough to know the truth of the righteousness you have received in Christ, and you shall be satisfied. You shall be filled.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher