Philip saith unto Him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Philip entered the conversation at this point. We need to remember that later, Philip was called The Evangelist. Clearly, he understood after Jesus went to the cross, gave up His life, arose, and returned to the Father.
Jesus showed a small hint of distress in His response to Philip. “You’ve been with Me all this time! Do you really not know Who I AM? If you have truly seen Me, you have also seen the Father! Why, then, do you ask Me to show you the Father?” (my own words)
Again, we ought not to be too critical of the disciples. If we had been there, the chances are good that we wouldn’t have seen the whole picture yet, either! I remind you again that these men were reared to adhere to the Law, including all the ritual and sacrifices. Jesus could see beyond the Law, but these men were getting just a glimpse of what He already knew.
Don’t be too hard on them. Later, they showed their complete devotion to Him in a variety of ways that I’m not sure you and I would be willing to match today.