Day 5- Getting to know Philip
Philip was from the town of Bethsaida on the on the Lake of Galilee. He was also a fisherman like several of the other disciples and a disciple of John the Baptist. Philip after being called by Christ just like Andrew introduced his close friend Nathanael (aka Bartholomew) to Jesus. One of Philip’s responsibilities was provisioning for the party of disciples, or for their picnic rations. Philip was basically catering on their mission trips. A time came though that brought him frustration when Jesus asked him to provide food for a crowd of people. Philip panicked because he didn’t have enough money enough to feed all the people so he began to question Jesus. In the end Jesus provided for everyone in attendance. Philip must have shown that he was very reliable when it came to getting things done in order for Jesus to put him in charge of providing while they were on missions. Philip even after being with Jesus watching all that he had done still asked Jesus this question. Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus answers, ‘Have I been with you so long and yet you do not know me, Philip? Philip after the resurrection of Jesus Christ assisted with picking a new disciple who would take Judas’s place. It seems like Philip was a sincere person, very approachable and very practical, but not yet during Jesus’s ministry so much a leader as ‘a contact man’. John 12:20-22
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. When it comes to the death of Philip, it’s believed that we was tortured and crucified upside down. Philip when he was called not only brought others to Christ but lived his life spreading the gospel.
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
7 If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.