Miracles Lead to Belief

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

John 4:43-54

Jesus says “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe” almost disdainfully. In the other gospels He made it no secret that believing without signs was a much stronger faith. However, that does not stop Jesus from performing the miracle. And, sure enough, the man and his entire house believed.

Now, maybe  we can’t heal simply with word or command the  way Jesus did, but we are capable of miracles of sorts. Surely when the hungry get food, that seems like a miracle to them. Or when a village gets a clean water well for the first time. Or when a family who lost their home in a tornado gets a new one built. And with very little extra effort on our parts, these miracles can also lead people to believe. Maybe some people think that is in bad taste, to give something to someone and then preach the Gospel. They would rather we just did the good deed and left. But I think Jesus would want us to use these little miracles to bring people to Him.

This also means we shouldn’t hold back from doing good things. We have to go out of our way to perform these little miracles. And not only for people who are like us. Everyone deserves a miracle.

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