Show Us the Father
A Sermon on John 5:37-38
And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. (ESV)
No one can honor the Father unless they honor the Son. From the time of Jesus’ birth until now men try to honor God, the Father, without acknowledging, believing in, or certainly honoring the Son. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones challenges us to ask any pagan today how he will get to heaven. What will his or her response be? “I believe in God.” “God is love and all good people go to heaven.” They assume a knowledge of and a relationship with the Father while ignoring Jesus. This has always been the case. However, in the Gospel of John, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains as Jesus taught that no one can know, honor, or see the Father without believing in the Son. In the context of John 5:37-38, Jesus had just performed a miracle. But, the Jews denied it, denied him, and denied his claim to be the Son of God, equal in divinity to the Father. However, as John the Baptist testified to this truth, Jesus now declares that the Father also testified of the identity of the Son, affirming the claims of Jesus.The Father, in the Old Testament, New Testament, baptism of Jesus, and the transfiguration of Jesus, affirmed Jesus’ claims to be his Son fully equal with him. Both in written form and audibly, the Father testified as such. Therefore, believing in and honoring Jesus is absolutely essential to knowing God.