John 14:22

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”-John 14:22

Judas asked Jesus an important question: “How will you manifest yourself to us?” The word manifest means to make known or appear. When Judas heard Jesus say “He who keeps my commands and who loves me will be loved by the Father, and by me and I will manifest myself to him,” he rightly wondered exactly how Jesus would make that happen.

A physical manifestation would have been the most obvious. In fact, he did appear to his disciples. After his resurrection, Thomas actually touched the physical Jesus after doubting it was truly him. Yet I think Jesus was speaking more broadly. John began his gospel by telling us that Jesus was the living word of God. In this passage, Jesus had reminded them about his Holy Spirit, which would dwell in them. Jesus was saying that he would make himself known to believers by his indwelling Spirit.

Jesus, I can relate to Judas’s question. I wonder when you will show up, but you tell me through your word that you are already made manifest by your Spirit, who dwells in me. Help me to pay attention to your Spirit’s movement within me. Amen.

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