Waynedale United Methodist Church
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Jan 31, 2016 Sermon

“Father and Son”
John 14:8 – 13
Ted Jansen  January 31, 2016  Waynedale UMC
 
1.)        Who is Jesus Christ?  Perhaps the answer to that question was given in the rock opera of the 70’s, Jesus Christ, Superstar!  
            Jesus asked the disciples, when they were in Caesarea Philippi, a question about his identity.  “Who do people say the Son of Man is?  They replied, some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.  But what about you? he asked.  Who do you say I am?  Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”(Matthew 16:13–16)
Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak boldly of what he knew about Jesus Christ. 
 
2.)        Who is Jesus Christ?  The Jewish people would say that Jesus was a teacher, a rabbi.  The Muslims would say that Jesus was a prophet and a wise teacher.  Some Hindu’s would say the Jesus was divine, but not uniquely divine.  Buddhists would say that Jesus was a Holy man. Other religions have to acknowledge Jesus in their organized system of religion because you cannot deny the person or presence of Jesus Christ in the world. 
I invite you to ask that question and discover what Jesus said about himself to Philip, who asked him one day to show him who He was.     
 
3.)        Philip asked Jesus in John 14:8, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”    At this moment Jesus is in the Upper Room and he wants to make sure His disciples understand the last things He will tell them. 
Philip has been with Jesus for three years and was there when Peter boldly proclaimed that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. 
But I am sure that Phillip was confused with all the different understandings of God, of Jesus and how the culture was in that day.  Romans ruled the world and Caesar was believe to be God in that worldview.  The Jews did not believe that but had to be subject to the Roman authority.
Are you ever confused as to how your faith works and how Jesus fits in to your mind along with the idea of God, the Father?  Where is the Holy Spirit in the midst of things as well? 
Phillip wanted Jesus to show them God and that would be good enough for them.  Show us God.  Show us the Almighty.  Show us Yahweh. 
 
4.)        Jesus answered Philip in John 14:9 – 13.   “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 I do not speak on my own authority. 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 works themselves.  Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
           
5.)        We see two times that Jesus affirms that I and the Father are one.  We are in each other.  If you want to see the Father you look at me, the Son of God. 
            This revelation to Phillip was radical, revolutionary, and unbelievable.  Jesus told Phillip that as you have seen me, you have seen God, Yahweh, Almighty, Everlasting Father.  
            Then we read Jesus’s words who tell Phillip not of the Father but of the Holy Spirit.  This must have further expanded the heart and soul of Phillip and the disciples. 
Listen to John 14:16, 17.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” 
            Jesus has just told Philip that I and the Father are one.  We are of the same life.  Now Jesus is saying that the Father will give you another advocate, the Counselor, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.   The Holy Spirit will live with you and will be inside of you.  This Holy Spirit will reside inside a person, just as the Son and the Father will reside in you. 
 
6.)        What I see in this scripture is Jesus teaching about the Trinity.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
This is a hard concept to grasp, the three in one.  I want to share two illustrations that might help. 
The first is something that has the same chemical compound but different properties. 
H20 is a chemical compound for two parts Hydrogen and on part Oxygen.  When you have H2O in gas form you have steam, in a liquid form you have water, and in a solid form you have ice.   The chemical compound is the same but you have different properties or expressions.    
            The second is a person and the different relationships that person has. 
A woman has a relationship with others as a woman or friends.  That same woman has a relationship with her husband as a wife.  That same woman has a relationship with her children as a mother. The woman is the same person but is known as friend, wife, mother; these are all different contexts of relationships. 
 
7.)        Jesus Christ wanted His disciples to be clear on who He was and why He came.  In that Upper Room where Jesus taught about who He was Jesus led the disciples in the Passover meal.  As they held in their heart this truth that Jesus, as God the Father, who by the Holy Spirit, was with them now they listened as Jesus spoke.  Listen to Matthew 26:26 – 29. 
            “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take and eat; this is my body. 
            Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  I tell you I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”    
 
8.)        As we prepare our hearts to remember the Passover meal, our celebration of Communion, let us focus on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
            God the Father was the one who spoke to Moses to put the blood of the unblemished lamb on the Jewish doorposts so that the Angel of death would pass over.  Those families that had the blood of the lamb would have their first born live.  They would be alive because of the death of the lamb.  God the Father told the Jewish people when they entered the new land to always remember God’s salvation and how they were brought out of slavery.  This was the Passover meal.   
            God the Son was sharing this Passover meal with his disciples when Jesus focused the salvation story not on God work in the past but on God in the room now.  Jesus said the bread was His body and the wine was His blood.  Jesus, the unblemished Lamb of God, died on a cross and His blood stained the cross, like the doorposts of the ancient people.     
            God the Holy Spirit is here now.  We will pray that the Holy Spirit would use this bread and this juice to be for us today the body and blood of Jesus Christ.