Thomas and Philip were both confused, harboured doubts and asked questions. We may be thankful that this was so. The path to learning is to express our minds and ask for clarity. The concept of ‘God with us’ is spelled out here, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father- “. It has been said of Luke’s gospel, ‘that he domesticated God’, that is that most people saw God as remote, aloof, ‘in the clouds’ but the words & life of Jesus brought a God of personal relationships. Furthermore, that presence/relationship will continue. Jesus promises hope in what is ahead for his disciples; v. 12-14, ‘greater things than these’ & ‘whatever you ask’, then in v.15-17, ‘he will send another helper, the Spirit of truth’, God with us indeed.