“I am the way, the truth the life.” is one of the more familiar scripture passages. Last week I preached from Jesus’ declaring himself to be the gate, which turns out to be a whole in the wall, which drew me immediately to this passage, so I stayed in the way, thinking I’d focus on truth and life. This afternoon I read john’s story again, I find myself intrigued by Philip’s saying “Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied.” specifically “and we shall be satisfied.”
At first brush it came across as audacious: does any disciple make demands of any teacher?, but how does anyone get off telling Jesus what the terms are! Next time around its coming off as short sighted. Philip is so trapped in his world view he cannot conceive God / Jesus could do anything beyond that he, or the disciples, can be satisfied with whatever because they can conceive it.
But do we really want to limit God, the inconceivable creator of all? Of course not; but then again maybe so, where is it written: “It a frightful thing to fall into the hands of the living God?