Often, we operate as if following Jesus is just the thing to do. If you were raised in the church, as a (at least a theoretical) Christian, the “Jesus” and “Christian” thing “sort of” happens. It is a “sort of, as our whole life should be each day taking one step closer to being like Jesus.
The disciples, especially the 12 closest, should have really gotten this themselves, but just as we are often blind with what is right before our eyes, they were too.
Jesus’ question to Philip, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me?” That is a really amazing condemnation of Philip, and probably the other disciples, as well. They were not getting it.
Now, the reality is that Jesus was saying that he was equivalent to God the Father. This was a very bold statement. It is only through the doctrine of the Trinity that these words make any sort of sense. The disciples, however, didn’t have a framework to use to understand.
So, Jesus skips the belief (doctrine) part and says believe the actions. Truly, this is an interesting statement. If you don’t believe the words of Jesus, look at Jesus’ actions. Then the really hard part comes.
Those who believe in Jesus will do the same works. That list of works includes: helping the mute speak, casting out demons, healing internal injuries, healing the lame, and raising the dead. John also says that Jesus did a lot more miracles, but John chose to not record them, as the ones written of were enough to believe. Were they, though?
If we are supposed to be able to do the same works? How’s that for high expectations? Raised anyone from the dead recently?
Now, there are those that say we aren’t all called to do these miraculous things. Partially, it’s trying to explain away the lack of miracles (outside of medical science). There is also the reality that while Jesus did miracles, it wasn’t a constant thing.
※ Prayer ※
Jesus, you said that we would do works like yours, if we believed. Help our unbelief! Amen.
※ Questions ※
1) What physical miracles have you seen?
2) What is the difference between believing in Jesus and loving Jesus?
3) Why do you think that John chose not to write more on Jesus’ works?