“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” John 6:26
“Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.” John 9:16
“But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:” John 12:37
As Christ lovers we look to Jesus to heal in miraculous ways. We have faith to believe that He will heal as He did so many when He was here on the earth. We have faith to believe that He will do what He said He will do. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Is 55:11
Let’s break this verse down in order to understand it better. In Hebrew “word” here is dabar meaning speech, a matter spoken of. The word “void” is reyqam meaning empty, in vain, without effect. The word “prosper” is the Hebrew word tsalach meaning to advance, succeed. The word sent is the Hebrew word shalach meaning to let go, stretch out, to let loose.
We see from this verse that God means what He says and says what He means and there is a purpose behind it all. Then why in the verse at the beginning did we see that people who saw such signs and miracles directly with their own eyes from Jesus still rejected Jesus? Let’s look further.
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” Matt 8:5-10
Look at this centurion who did not even expect Jesus to do anything but speak and his servant would be healed. He needed no other action from Jesus just His word. That my friend is called the “spiritual law of faith”. You see the people that actually saw Jesus perform miracles did not always believe in Him, or they followed Him because of what He could do for them not because of who He was. This man knew Jesus for who he was the son of God, the Word made flesh.
You see when Jesus performed a miracle none of them were for amusement or show and they were not done randomly. They all had a purpose to meet a need, or to confirm Christ’s identity and authority of who he was the Son of God.
In Luke 23: 8,9 “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing”
Jesus is not a puppet to perform when you want Him to amuse you, or show you in a good light. If it does not glorify God or meet a true human condition then Jesus will keep silent. When you need Jesus to come through for you, have you submitted to accept His way and for His purpose? If not, Jesus will be silent until you accept it His way. Don’t be like the people in the scriptures above that just wanted something from Jesus but did not want Jesus Himself. If is fine to ask Jesus for miracles, signs and wonders, my point is just don’t tell Him the God of the universe how to perform those for you.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Mat 7:13