What would it take for you to be satisfied in life? Is Jesus enough? Does Jesus satisfy you? In John 14:6–8, Jesus
tells His disciples,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from henceforth you know him, and have seen him. Philip said unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it will satisfy us.
Philip wanted Jesus to show them the Father, but Jesus said you already know and see Him. Who was right: Jesus or Philip? Of course, Jesus was right. Philip missed it when he said, Show us the Father, and then we’ll be satisfied. Philip was saying, I’m not satisfied with you, Jesus.
The problem wasn’t with Jesus. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16), and He was perfect. The problem was that Philip only knew Jesus after the flesh. In 2 Corinthians 5:16, the Apostle Paul explains that at one time, all the disciples knew Jesus after the flesh. They could tell you what He looked like and could draw a picture of Him, but they didn’t know the real Him. Our physical body is not the real us. Our bodies are like the vehicle that we get around in, but they’re not the real us.
If I went to your house and got out of my car, I would expect you to talk to me, not my car. My car is just my vehicle; it’s how I get around. The disciples knew Jesus’ vehicle. They knew His body. They knew Him in the natural, but they didn’t know Him by the spirit. If they would have known who Jesus was on the inside, the spiritual Him, they would have recognised that this was the Lord God Almighty. The reason they weren’t satisfied wasn’t because there was anything wrong with Jesus; it was because of how they perceived Him. They were carnal and only went by what they could see, taste, hear, smell, and feel.
Did you know that when Jesus was transfigured in Matthew 17 and a light began to come out of him that this was not abnormal? Jesus always had this glory and light. The Shekinah Glory of God overshadowed Peter, James and John, and an audible voice out of heaven said,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
- Matthew 17:5
The transfiguration wasn’t abnormal; it showed how things were in the spirit all the time. In the spirit, Jesus was the glory of God, but His physical body was like a veil that kept people from seeing the real glory of God because
they wouldn't have been able to handle it.
Back in the Old Testament, Moses wanted to see the Lord, but the Lord said, “…no man can see me, and live” (Ex. 33:20). It’s not because God would kill you if you saw Him. It’s because you couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t contain it. God’s glory is so awesome that our physical bodies would explode if we saw Him.
Moses didn’t see the real glory of God, but he was in the presence of God for forty days and forty nights, so much so that when he came down, his face was shining (Ex. 34:28–29). Moses wasn’t radiating light like the sun; he was reflecting light, like the moon. Moses wasn’t the glory of God, but he had been in the glory of God, and he was reflecting it to people, and it bothered the people so much to see the glory of God that Moses had to put a veil over his face.
Well, that’s what Jesus did with His physical body. His physical body hid who He truly was. Jesus raised the dead, spoke like no person had ever spoken, and had control over the wind, the waves, and the weather. So there was plenty of evidence to prove that Jesus was God in the flesh, but at the same time, this flesh was a hindrance, and people who only operate in the physical realm stumbled over his physical body because He was so human.
Jesus was sinless, but He was so human that His disciples had trouble believing that He was God. We actually have it easier than the disciples did. We can relate to God in the spirit. We can look through the Word of God and see Him in all of His glory by the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus unto us. He reveals who Jesus is, and we can worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
But sad to say, like Philip, we often don’t recognise who Jesus really is because we are so caught up in our flesh. We want to feel the love of God and have something physical happen. On the surface, it looks great when people say, Oh God, just touch me. But what they’re really saying is, Oh God, come down to my level and give me something physical so that I don’t have to believe the Word of God that You’re always with me, and I don’t have to trust that by Your stripes, I was healed (1 Pet. 2:24). I tell you this is not the way we should approach God.
I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg on this topic. I believe this teaching will impact your life. It will help you to worship God in spirit and in truth and show you how to move from being carnally minded, which is death, to being spiritually minded, which is life and peace (Rom. 8:6). This is the only way to be satisfied in life. I encourage you to get the full teaching that we’re offering as a CD or DVD series. To order, go to awme.net/satisfied, call our UK Helpline at +44(0)1922 473300, or complete and return the enclosed form.
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