What Jesus Did! 'What Must He Do?' — John 4:48

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jesus said to him, "You people must see miracles and wonderful works before you will believe in me."
— John 4:48
Illustration of John 4:48 — Jesus said to him, "You people must see miracles and wonderful works before you will believe in me."

Key Thought

I have often heard Christians today remark that if they could just have seen Jesus do one of his amazing miracles they would find it easier to fully trust him. There are two problems with this point of view. The first is that Jesus is often doing miracles in our lives and in the lives of those around us every day; we just don't notice them. Second, many who saw Jesus do a miracle kept wanting him to do more or they would not believe. What must Jesus do before you will really believe? I'm not talking about making a decision in your mind that what the Bible says about Jesus is true. I'm talking about faith the way most New Testament writers talk about it; do you trust enough to live your life governed by the truth of Jesus? This kind of trust leads us to lifestyle changes, a shift in our ethics, and radical changes in the way we view people and face the future. What must Jesus do to help you believe? Hasn't he already done it?

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for not letting my head faith transform my lifestyle faith. I want to trust Jesus as my Lord in every area of my life. Empower me by the power of your Holy Spirit and convict me as I read your Word so that my life may directly show that I believe in Jesus and that my heart belongs to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him. These people had seen all the things Jesus did at the {Passover } festival in Jerusalem. These people had been at the festival too. Jesus went to visit Cana in Galilee again. Cana is where Jesus had changed the water into wine. One of the king's important officials lived in the city of Capernaum. This man's son was sick. The man heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was now in Galilee. So the man went to Jesus {in Cana}. He begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son. His son was almost dead. Jesus said to him, "You people must see miracles and wonderful works before you will believe in me." The king's official said, "Sir, come {to my house} before my little son dies." Jesus answered, "Go. Your son will live." The man believed what Jesus told him and went home. On the way home the man's servants came and met him. They told him, "Your son is well." The man asked, "What time did my son begin to get well?" The servants answered, "It was about one o'clock yesterday when the fever left him." The father knew that one o'clock was the same time that Jesus had said, "Your son will live." So the man and all the people in his home believed in Jesus. That was the second miracle that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

John 4:45-54

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus answered, "Why are you looking for me? Are you looking for me because you saw me do miracles that prove my power? No! I tell you the truth. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and you were satisfied (full). Earthly food spoils and ruins. So don't work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good always and gives you life forever. The Son of Man will give you that food. God the Father showed that he is with the Son of Man." The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent." So the people asked, "What miracle will you do to prove {that you are the One God sent}? If we can see you do a miracle, then we will believe you. What will you do?

John 6:26-30

So the followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the {evil} spirit saw Jesus, the spirit attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from his mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been happening to the boy?" The father answered, "Since he was very young. The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to the father, "You said, 'Help him if you can.' All things are possible for the person that believes." The father became very excited. He said, "I do believe. Help me to believe more!"

Mark 9:20-24

But many people believed in Jesus. Even many of the Jewish leaders believed in Jesus. But they were afraid of the Pharisees. So they did not say openly that they believed. They were afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue.

John 12:42

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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