Believe Me: The Evidence of Miracles

“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:11)

Yesterday, we saw that Jesus pointed to two evidences that should have given him away as the Son of God to the 12 guys who knew him best. Evidence 1: He lived with God’s character. Evidence 2: He spoke with God’s words.

believeme_350Evidence 3: He displayed God’s power. The disciples had seen all those miracles with their own eyes. They’d gathered up all that leftover food after Jesus fed thousands from a sack lunch. Twice. They’d freaked out when he came walking toward them on top of the water. They’d smelled the stench of death as dead-four-days Lazarus hopped out of his own tomb.

How could they NOT know the Father was in Jesus? How could they, of all people, have missed the big idea that he was God made man?

Think: Do you think it would have been easier or harder for you to believe that Jesus is God if you had seen all his miracles? Don’t answer too fast. Why did some who saw the miracles still not believe he was the Son of God?

Pray: God didn’t owe us any miracles as evidence that Jesus was the Son of God. Thank him for being so generous as to demonstrate his power on earth to those eyewitnesses and the rest of us who believed their reports.

Do: Spend five minutes imaging yourself as one of the disciples on the scene when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. How would you have felt about him after that?