I often find myself thinking that if my non-believing friends were able to witness a miracle, then they would surely believe. It would be so clear if we were witness to such power! However, in reading Matthew 11-12, we see that witnessing miracles was not an immediate cure for peoples hard hearts. In fact, seeing miracles and then continually denying Jesus appears to be more detrimental for individuals on the day of judgment, for what excuse can then be had?
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.”
As the disciples watched Jesus perform miracles repeatedly, I imagine they were appalled that people would still leave unsatisfied or unimpressed. Similarly, the Disciples themselves would go on to heal, giving the glory to Jesus, and people would still leave unpersuaded. Reading these chapters gives me a heavy heart for those that remain blind after being introduced to Jesus’s grace and power. However, I am also overwhelmed with thankfulness that I have witnessed the greatest miracle, the one alluded to by story of Jonah, Jesus’s resurrection, and I can proudly proclaim that I witnessed the miracle and believed. I hope all the readers of this blog witness Christ’s miracle of atonement and accept it as opposed to leaving still blinded like those in Chorazin and Bethdaida.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”