Today’s passage: John 14:8-14
- As Moses had asked to see God’s glory (Exodus 33:18), Philip asks Jesus to bring the glory of the Father to them. Perhaps Philip thought, If Jesus can bring God’s glory before us, then we can be confident in who He is and what He is saying.
- What Philip and the disciples had seen and heard in Jesus, was the glory of God before them (John 1:14).
- The “works” of the disciples (The Apostles) consisted not just of miracles (e.g. healing) but also teaching and seeing lost sinners come to faith in Christ!
- Greater works (In these areas…especially the conversion of the lost!) would come after Jesus went to the Father, when the Holy Spirit came (Acts 2).
Questions to consider:
- In what ways had the disciples been experiencing the glory of the Father over those last three years of Jesus’ earthly ministry? To what events and teaching was Jesus pointing them for comfort?
- What do we learn about the relationship between the Son and the Father in these verses? How are they the same? How do they relate to each other?
- How would Jesus’ promise of what was to come have comforted the disciples on that day? In what way might it not have worked so well on that night, but then have provided more encouragement in the months and years ahead? How can His words encourage you to pursue the conversion of the lost still today?