It’s probably true everyone would like to see God. (I know it’s true of me.)
Think of everything that could be solved if only we could see God.
How curious it is God sort of keeps Himself hidden from man. He creates man with a desire for God and to know God, and then it seems He makes Himself completely invisible and requires man to believe in His existence by faith.
Wouldn’t it solve everything if God appeared to everyone – and just sort of removed all doubt about Who He is and what He looks like and how He acts? Wouldn’t everyone believe in God if He just took that (seemingly for Him) simple step?
After all, since God requires us to believe in Him, why doesn’t He just show up?
This is the big deal with atheism and agnosticism. Atheists say they are absolutely certain God does not exist because they have never seen Him. They refuse to believe in a God they have not seen. Agnostics say they cannot be sure. They don’t have enough to go on since they have not seen God.
Religious people, on the other hand, seek the favor of a god of their imagining. They make fanciful creations and bow down to those creations in an effort to see the god they cannot see.
But our God informs us He not only is invisible, He requires NO image be made of Him by His followers. Since no image can even begin to approach His glory, to create an image of God is absolutely forbidden by God. It also behooves His followers to understand ALL images of God – be they statues or paintings or whatever – are dead, and our God is alive! He cannot be represented by 2-D or even 3-D imagery. And He will not be.
This is why Philip says to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” I completely understand where Philip is coming from and why he made this request of Jesus.
Jesus’ response is telling, especially for those who have been longing to see God for so very long, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”