by: Rob Patrick
Those who seek the Lord will find Him. “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Philip found Jesus in multiple ways. First, Philip found Jesus through the message of John the Baptist. Philip was from the same city as Andrew (John 1:44), a disciple of John the Baptist. Philip likely heard John the Baptist preach and was waiting for Jesus as a result. Second, Philip found Jesus in the Scriptures. Philip identified Jesus as “Him of who Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote―Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45). Philip knew what the Old Testament said about the coming Messiah, believed what he knew, and was looking for Jesus. Third, Philip found Jesus in person, and his wait was over. Now he followed Him in person (John 1:43–45). Like Philip, we find Jesus in the Scriptures and biblical sermons. We are also waiting for Jesus to come again. See Jesus now in the Word, and you will see Him in person one day.
Jesus is greater than we often think Him to be. Philip learned that Jesus was greater than he thought in three ways. First, Jesus is greater in power. John 6:1–14 records Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Just before His miracle, He asked Philip where to buy bread (John 6:5). Philip forgot Jesus’ power to turn water to wine at Cana and focused on the magnitude of their dilemma—it would cost a fortune to feed so many (John 6:7). Second, Jesus is greater in love. John 12:20–21 recalls the request by some Greek to see Jesus. Perhaps unsure if they should meet Jesus or if Jesus would want to meet them, Philip sought Andrew instead (John 12:22). Jesus loved these Greeks, gladly met them, and spoke to them words of salvation (John 12:22–26). Third, Jesus is greater in person. Jesus foretold His disciples of His departure and encouraged them with the truth that knowing Him meant they knew the Father as well, which further meant that they would one day be with Jesus again (John 14:1–7). Philip responded by asking to see the Father, prompting Jesus to teach on the matter again—to see Jesus was to see the Father because Jesus was in the Father and His Father in Him (John 14:8–11). Jesus was greater than Philip realized. Like Philip, we often forget how great Jesus is. We forget how powerful He is, how loving He is, and truths about Him in Scripture. May we often remind ourselves about His power, love, and person and know Him as the Bible reveals Him to be.
Seek the Lord and find Him. Don’t forget how powerful, loving, and divine He truly is. Learn these things better and serve Him faithfully day by day.