48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
Here Jesus is using sarcasm to convey his point that the Jews needed to see a miracle to have faith in Jesus. Contrast that to earlier in the chapter where Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well who believes in Jesus merely after a conversation and without a miracle. She then goes and tells Samaria about Jesus and many come to have faith in him.
I am thankful for passages like John 4:48 and 2 Corinthians 5:7 which remind followers of Christ to, “… walk by faith not by sight”. This Christian journey is long and often trying. There are many times when we long to see God do something, anything miraculous. We justify it by saying that it’d be nice to see Him move in such a way, but who are we kidding? Let’s be honest with ourselves, our faith is faltering. Jesus knew what he was saying here though. Those who have the most hope are people of character. People of character become that way due to their perseverance and grit. They have chosen to have faith and believe in the tough moments and in turn it has shaped them to be hopeful in God, the best kind of faith!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.