The whole subject of miracles is an interesting one! The truth is, IT IS NOT “Seeing is Believing” it is “Believing is Seeing”
I found it odd that John is the only gospel that tells the story of Lazarus. To me, that miracle is one of the big ones!! Raising a guy to life FOUR DAYS after he died?!! Come on!! Wouldn’t that get everyone to believe?? Why didn’t the other writers mention it?
Jesus says in 10:38 “…, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles , that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
Jesus admits that he did a lot of miracles. “I have shown you many miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” (10:32)
I am sure it was with exasperation that Jesus says, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe.” (John 4:48)
It is also the reason John writes his book, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (20:31)
Yet, even after establishing the fact that miracles help us humans to have belief, it is not the prerequisite to our faith. Jesus actually points out to Mary that one needs belief first in order to see and understand the miracles.
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
It reminds me of the parable we read in Luke 16 when the rich man dies and goes to hell. He talks to Abraham, who is in heaven. Abraham responds, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (vs.31)
11:45 Shows exactly what happens when a miracle is given. The miracle causes some to believe and others will still not believe. Remember John 12:37, “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe him.”
Romans 1:18-20 explains so well why some believe and some don’t. It is the wickedness of us humans that “suppress the truth…, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities -his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
No wonder Jesus said to the nonbelievers, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!” (Matt. 12:39)
Here we have (and they had) all the miracles we need to believe and yet some of us have the audacity to ask for more! 😬 That does seem pretty wicked!
But in reality, we have all seen miracles! The biggest being creation itself. Maybe the other writers of the gospels knew this. They wrote of other miracles that John didn’t. We have enough testimony. Now it’s up to us to believe or not.
We are going to read soon in John 20:29, Jesus saying, “..blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
I would rather Jesus call me “blessed” than “wicked”! I need to remember this the next time I start thinking I need a miracle! If I continue in my belief, I will see all the miracles that happen around me daily! Believing is Seeing!