What Jesus Did! 'Many Put Their Faith in Him' — John 7:30-31

Friday, May 30, 2014

When Jesus said this, the people tried to get him. But no person was able to touch Jesus. It was not yet the right time {for Jesus to be killed}. But many of the people believed in Jesus. The people said, "We are waiting for the Christ to come. When the Christ comes, will he do more miracles than this man (Jesus) has done? No! {So this man must be the Christ.}"
— John 7:30-31
Illustration of John 7:30-31 — "We are waiting for the Christ to come. When the Christ comes, will he do more miracles than this man (Jesus) has done? No! {So this man must be the Christ.}"

Key Thought

Even with pressure from the authorities not to believe, many put their faith in Jesus. Why? They saw what he did and recognized that there had to be a divine power behind it. When unbelievers look at our churches, the Body of Christ, what do they see? Do they see compelling deeds that cry out that God has to be behind this or we couldn't do what we do? Or, do they see predictable "church stuff"? Jesus promised that we would do even greater things than he did. So let's go out and be what he called us to be and do the life-changing work of the Kingdom and not just the housekeeping work of "churchiness."

Today's Prayer

Dear LORD, God Almighty, please ignite my congregation of Christians and me in particular to a higher calling and a bigger vision of what you want to do with us. Use us in our community, and beyond, to do the work of Jesus and use us in ways that we don't even think is possible. Most of all, dear Father, help your work through us to lead others to believe. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then some of the people that lived in Jerusalem said, "This is the man they are trying to kill. But he is teaching where everyone can see and hear him. And no person is trying to stop him from teaching. Maybe the leaders have decided that he really is the Christ. But we know where this man's home is. And when the real Christ comes, no person will know where he comes from." Jesus was still teaching in the temple area. Jesus said, "Yes, you know me and you know where I am from. But I have not come by my own authority. I was sent by the One (God) who is true. You don't know him. But I know him and I am from him. He sent me." When Jesus said this, the people tried to get him. But no person was able to touch Jesus. It was not yet the right time {for Jesus to be killed}. But many of the people believed in Jesus. The people said, "We are waiting for the Christ to come. When the Christ comes, will he do more miracles than this man (Jesus) has done? No! {So this man must be the Christ.}" The Pharisees heard these things the people were saying about Jesus. So the leading priests and the Pharisees sent some temple police to arrest Jesus. Then Jesus said, "I will be with you people a little while longer. Then I will go back to the One (God) who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me. And you cannot come where I am." These Jews said to each other, "Where will this man go that we cannot find him? Will he go to the Greek cities where our people live? Will he teach the Greek people there? This man (Jesus) says, 'You will look for me but you will not find me.' He also says, 'You cannot come where I am.' What does this mean?"

John 7:25-36

Related Scripture Readings

I tell you the truth. The person that believes in me will do the same things I have done. Yes! He will do even greater things than I have done. Why? Because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you. Then the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

Many of the Samaritan people in that town believed in Jesus. They believed because of what the woman had told them about Jesus. She had told them, "He (Jesus) told me everything I have ever done." The Samaritans went to Jesus. They begged Jesus to stay with them. So Jesus stayed there two days. Many more people believed because of the things Jesus said. The people said to the woman, "First we believed in Jesus because of what you told us. But now we believe because we heard him ourselves. We know now that he really is the one that will save the world." Two days later Jesus left and went to Galilee. (Jesus had said before that a prophet is not respected in his own country.) 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.

John 4:39-53

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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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