Even Miracles Couldn’t Convice Them

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you.  Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.  While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye might be the children of light.  These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.  But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

John 12:35-38

Jesus was with these people.  He spoke to them.  He helped and healed them.  He performed miracles in their sight.  But all of that was not enough for many of them.  Verse 37 is a sad verse: “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him.”  What a sad statement.  They had witnessed the great miracles, but even that did not cause them to believe.

There are a lot of people today who say “if only I could see God raise somebody from the dead or something like that, then I would believe.”  That’s not true.  They very likely wouldn’t believe.  These people saw Jesus in the flesh.  They listened to Him.  They followed Him for a time.  They did see Him raise Lazarus from the dead.  But not even all of that was enough to make them believe.

It’s sad but it’s true.  People need to have faith.  They need to believe in Jesus.  They are either going to believe or they are not going to believe.  Seeing miracles is great, but that is not going to make someone believe if it is not in their heart to believe.  It has to come from the heart, and these people didn’t have that heart.

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