Jesus said,
“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me.”
(Jn. 14:6).

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            Philip,  an apostle of Jesus Christ                                        This is a true story!

Philip, the apostle
(not to be confused with the evangelist Philip in Acts)

Like Peter and Andrew, Philip was from Bethsaida
(John 1:44)

 Philip (his name means 'lover of horses')  is named in all three lists of Apostles (Matthew. 10:4; Mk. 3:16; Luke. 6:14-16) and in each he is the 5th Apostle listed. He is not mentioned again in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Everything else we know of him comes from the Gospel of John.

In John, Philip told Nathanael that they had found the Messiah and that he was from Nazareth. When Nathanael replied “can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip simply said “Come and see.”
(John 1:43-46)
Shortly after Nathanael became one of Jesus’ disciples.

Later, before the miraculous feeding of the multitude, Jesus tested Philip by asking, “Where will we buy bread for these people to eat?”
Philip failed the test by replying, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
(John. 6:5-7)

 Later shortly before Jesus is arrested he tells his disciples that “If you really knew me you would know my Father as well. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
 (John. 14:7)
But Philip's response again shows a lack of faith when he asks “Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus sternly rebukes him and says “Philip, don’t you know me, even after I have been with you for such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
(Jn. 14:8-9)

Philip is not mentioned again in the New Testament except in the list of Apostles waiting in the upper room shortly after Christ’s ascension
(Acts 1:13).

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father,
and that will be enough for us."  John 14:8

Jesus seemed to think that Philip should have had more faith.  After 3 years of living with Jesus and seeing his miracles and listening to his Word, we don't understand why Philip needed to see the Father in order to believe.

BUT....we have all of creation to show us the Father and we still don't live as if we really believe!  Jesus gave bread to the 5000; He will provide for us.  We can share what we have with others (instead of saving it all for ourselves) knowing that Jesus will provide.

In the second century AD Polycrates of Ephesus mentions Philip in a letter calling him a “great light” whom the Lord will seek on the “last day.”
He also said that Philip had two daughters who died of old age as virgins and that they were buried next to Philip in the city of Hieropolis.

Years later the Christian Emperor Constantine had Philip's bones moved to Constantinople then to a church in Rome.

Tradition says that Philip was crucified upside down like Peter by the Roman Emperor Domitian.

If this is true then Philip would have been a very old man at the time of his death.



In this quiz, see if you can identify the places on the map !!

1. Philip was from this town....        

2. This is where Jesus turned water into wine....       

3. Where Jesus lived until He began to teach....    

4. This was the home of the temple of God....   

5. The town where Jesus was born....   

6. Where Peter walked on the water, the Sea of....       



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