Sunday, October 28, 2018

Does Seeing Make People Believe?

King Herod had received so many reports of Jesus healing people and performing miracles that he had to find out the truth for himself. Perhaps if Jesus would perform a miracle as he watched, the king might become His follower. "Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him because he had heard many things about Him and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him” (Luke 23:8)

What a great opportunity for Jesus—to share truth with the king of Israel. Just think…if Herod would believe in Him, then maybe all the leaders in Israel and Rome would take note, and they also would follow Jesus. All He needed to do was perform one miracle, which He could easily do. So when they brought Jesus before him, Herod kept asking Him questions but Jesus refused to answer. Why? Didn't He realize that He was blowing a huge opportunity?

Jesus didn't answer or perform a miracle because He had already done miracles, which could easily be verified. But that wasn’t good enough for Herod. He wanted to see Jesus do a miracle with his own eyes, and then he would decide whether or not to believe in Him. The Pharisees watched Jesus miraculously heal a man’s withered hand, but did that change their minds? No. “Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians (supporters of Herod) against Him, how they might destroy Him” (Mark 3:6).

After Jesus rose from the dead, He could have appeared to Herod and said, "Remember Me? Now do you believe?" Instead, He didn't go to Herod or the high priest or the Pharisees, but He appeared only to those who already believed in Him. (1 Cor. 15:5-7). They first believed and then they saw.

I’ve often asked skeptics, if I can prove to you that the Bible is true will you believe? They'll typically keep arguing with me because they don’t want proof. It would mean they'd have to change their hearts and follow Jesus. And that’s why Herod wouldn’t have repented if Jesus performed a miracle.

To those who believe in Him, God makes this promise, "He who believes in Him will not be disappointed" (1 Peter 2:6).

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