After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Signs are important. They help the directionally-challenged, like me, find their way here and there. So does GPS, which I am certain was a God-ordained invention. Signs identify something as official; they confirm that this is where you should be.
When the people saw what Jesus did -- multiplying a boy’s sack lunch into a meal for 5,000 -- they were awe-struck. And they were certain that the performance of such a miracle indicated the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah. Miracles, wonders and healings were all things foretold about Yeshua Ha-Maschiach, the Christ. You can almost hear a collective gasp in the crowd.
You would think Jesus would be pleased that the people were now recognizing who He really is, right? Not so much. Because He’s, well, Jesus, He also knew their hearts. All of a sudden the moment goes from miraculous to misunderstood.
Verse 15 declares, “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.”
Messiah wasn’t coming to take over like the world takes over -- by force and power -- though He had both. (See 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
.) He was coming to take over in the souls of men and women. To write His precepts and perfect law on their hearts, not on tablets of stone.
Jesus wants more than your “sign” faith, friends. Scripture clearly indicates that faith which is only held secure by constant signs and miracles is secondary to faith in the Person and work of Jesus Himself. It is faith in that Man who will multiply beyond imagination whatever you give Him to use.
Oh, goodness! I hear a rumbling beginning. Sounds like seismic faith.
What gift in your life is Jesus multiplying?
How has the living Christ taken over in your life?
Is He your King or your Lord? Hint: there is a difference.
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