And can it be that some may say yes only to rescind the affirmation in an indeterminate period of time? Capricious. Inconstant. Unstable. Mercurial. Human. The heart not fixed.
Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death…(John 4:46)
“Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him: The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.
Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said: Your son will live. So he and all his household believed. (John 4: 46-53)
Therefore they all believed. But did they? What did they believe? And for how long did they believe? A few days? Maybe a few weeks? A month?
Jesus acts of healings and miracles was His imprimatur. Clear enough proof of the legitimacy of His claim to His identity of being sent from the Father. But would that be good enough to convince all people?
Perhaps those mentioned above experienced full conversion belief unto salvation, but it doesn’t always happen that way. Some won’t believe even upon witnessing a clear miracle. Or if they do, they begin to explain away the event and diminish its meaning as time passes, until it’s completely wiped from memory.
Some have told me: Unless Jesus himself appears in front of me and proves he’s real, I won’t believe.
I point out to them, having that attitude of mind they probably wouldn’t believe even then. Within a few hours or days they would convince themselves the event never happened. They often protest that they would be convinced. They become insistent. But, alas, the written record in scripture verifies my stance under just such circumstances. There are many flames that burn themselves out.
To the Jews who had believed him,
“If you hold to my teaching,
you are really my disciples.” (John 8:31)NIV
“If you hold to my teaching.” When it happens to one who believes, and holds to His teachings, it happens over and over and over again. The Spirit of Jesus continues to make Himself known on far too many occasions to list in a lifetime. The proof permeates our very being, becoming a fact of life. To such a one hope and faith in the Savior is not blind. Far from it. It has become almost tangible and undeniably sure — “I know because I know.” This rock-solid “to know” is anchored in the center of our soul, that place we call “the heart.” The location-central of our eternal identity is where our assuredness rests in Christ, and our joy is renewed. Over and over again. The Anchor in any storm.
And yet, the human condition being what it is, doubt can still leak to the surface through the cracks of our humanity from time to time. But again the Savior manifests himself personally, and wipes away the doubt once more.
Believer, do you trust Jesus? I know you do! Don’t let those weakened doubts that leak from the cracks in your human-ness at times, become magnified and unsettle you unnecessarily, for: “Though outwardly I’m wasting away, yet inwardly I’m being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127.1)
Being a witness is not being an expert; it is telling others what you have seen, felt and heard. We can all do that.