and many people came to [Jesus]. They said, “Though John never performed a [miraculous] sign, all that John said about [Jesus] was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus. (John 10:41-42)
The Bible tells us that “signs and wonders” follow those who believe in Jesus.
I have several friends who have wonderful preaching ministries. And when they preach, miracles happen. Some of them see miraculous healing from the hand of God. I mean crazy healing; like” the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear” sort of healings. Other friends have seen God perform the “multiplication” type miracles. Soup that should have fed 100 homeless becomes soup for 500. They have left with 200 sandwiches and fed more than 3x the people.
Even in my own ministry I have experienced what I believe were miracles. A woman I prayed for who had only 24-48 hours to live got up and walked out of the hospital. A man we prayed for had a carotid artery that was 95% blocked. After prayer and another MRI it has opened up to 70% blockage. And another lady we prayed for had a tumor on her heart. They were 90% sure it was cancer. After prayer, they removed it to find it was benign.
Can we just agree that miracles are awesome? They cause the hair on your neck to stand on end. You find you cannot breathe because you realize that God really is that powerful. And miracles are important to the Gospel.
Jesus said, “that unless this generation sees miracles, they will not believe”. Most of us think Jesus was rebuking the people when He said this. But I don’t think it was an indictment. I think it was a statement of fact. People believe in their heart of hearts that God is powerful. And they want to see it. Jesus later said to the Pharisees that if they wouldn’t believe His words, then at least believe on the miracles He performed.
As Believers in Christ, we can get hung up on the miracles. I am guilty myself. I want people to see the power of God. And I want people to experience the blessings of God. When I pray for someone I care about, I really do want God to heal them. I don’t want them to suffer, but experience the power and presence of God. And there is a part of me that believes if I truly have faith…
Yet, here in John’s Gospel comes a profound verse. John the Baptist never performed a miracle!
Well, actually, none of us perform miracles. It is God performing the miracle through us. But John the Baptist never performed a miracle. And Jesus said about John that “among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist”.
How would you like to have Jesus say that about you? About your ministry in following Him? John never did perform any miracles, but this he did…EVERYTHING he said about Jesus was true and many people came to Jesus because of him.
If you are a follower of Jesus and you never see a miracle, may this be said of you…everything you said about Jesus was true and many people came to Jesus because of you. For the greatest miracle any of us can witness is God speaking these words to us, “Well done my good and faithful servant, well done”.
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!